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Brother Louie (Modern Talking song)

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Released  27 January 1986
Recorded  1985
Length  3:41
Format  7" single, 12" single
Genre  Eurodisco, synthpop
Label  BMG Ariola

"Brother Louie" is Modern Talking's first single from their third album, Ready for Romance. It was their fourth consecutive single to top the German Singles Chart, after "You're My Heart, You're My Soul", "You Can Win If You Want" and "Cheri, Cheri Lady".


"Brother Louie" was released on 27 January 1986 and it peaked at No. 1 on March 3, 1986 in Germany. The single spent four weeks at the top and total of 17 weeks in the German single chart. In the UK, it peaked at No. 4 in the charts and went silver for selling over 250,000 units. "Brother Louie" was also certified silver in France for selling over 250,000 units.

In 1998, not long after the duo's reunion, a re-worked version of the single was released entitled "Brother Louie '98". The single, released in a new sleeve was also successful, it reached gold in France for selling over 250,000 units.


12" maxi
  1. "Brother Louie" (Special Long Version) - 5:20
  2. "Brother Louie" (Instrumental) - 4:06
7" single
  1. "Brother Louie" - 3:41
  2. "Brother Louie" (Instrumental) - 4:06


12" maxi
  1. "Brother Louie" (Special Long Version) - 5:15
  2. "Doctor for My Heart" - 3:16
  3. "Brother Louie" (Instrumental) - 4:06
  1. "Brother Louie" - 3:41
  2. "Brother Louie" (Instrumental) - 4:06

"Brother Louie '98"

"Brother Louie '98" is Modern Talking's second single from their seventh album, Back for Good, and also the second single after the duo's reunion. "Brother Louie '98" is the re-packaged version of the original 1986 version of "Brother Louie". The single, as the first single "You're My Heart, You're My Soul '98" off Back For Good features Eric Singleton.

"Brother Louie '98" was released in Germany and in other European territories on July 20, 1998. While, the single entered the top-20 in Germany and Austria, it managed to enter the top-10 in Sweden and the top-5 in France.

In France, "Brother Louie '98" reached a gold status for selling over 250,000 units.

Track listing



  • Music by: Dieter Bohlen
  • Writer: Dieter Bohlen
  • Rapper: Eric Singleton
  • Changes: Dieter Bohlen
  • Production: Dieter Bohlen
  • Co-production: Luis Rodríguez
  • Publication: Blue Obsession Music/Warner Chappell/Intro
  • Distribution: BMG Company
  • Photography: Manfred Vormstein
  • Design: Reinsberg WAB
  • "Brother Louie '99"

    Brother Louie '99 is Modern Talking's re-packaged version of the original "Brother Louie" from their album Back for Good. This version was released for the UK market only and contains remixes that were not included on "Brother Louie '98".

    Track listing

    1. "Brother Louie '99" (DJ Cappiccio Radio Mix) - 3:54
    2. "Brother Louie '99" (DJ Cappiccio Extended Mix) - 7:33
    3. "Brother Louie '99" (Metro Club Mix) - 6:14
    1. "Brother Louie '99" (DJ Cappiccio 12" Mix) - 7:35
    2. "Brother Louie '99" (DJ Cappiccio Radio Mix) - 3:54
    3. "Brother Louie '99" (DJ Cappiccio Instrumental) - 7:34
    4. "Brother Louie '99" (DJ Cappicio Acapella) - 6:47
    1. "Brother Louie '99" (Metro Club Mix) - 6:13
    2. "Brother Louie '99" (Metro Radio Mix) - 3:48
    1. "Brother Louie '99" (Paul Masterson Club Mix) - 6:39
    2. "Brother Louie '99" (Paul Masterson Dub) - 6:26

    Cover versions and sampling

    "Brother Louie" has been covered by Vanemõde (1987), Moymoy Palaboy (2009), Lian Ross (2014) and Pochonbo Electronic Ensemble.

    The song has been sampled in Alisha Chinai's "Zooby Zooby" (1987), Francesco Napoli's "Balla.. Balla!" (1987), WestBam's "Disco Deutschland" (1988), Pate Ja Rykä's "Takas Pelikentil" (2006) and in Discofreakz' "Brother Louie" (2007).

    Music video

    The music video of "Brother Louie" contains footage from 1984 movie Once Upon a Time in America, interspersed with the band members playing on a stage surrounded by dancing fans.


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