His Last $500 Gambled on a Sexy Tape, Princely Georgio Allentini Signs on to Make Millions with Motown
updated 06/29/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/29/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Sure is. After his radio debut Georgio hastily cut a record of Sexappeal for Macola, a distribution label, and it sold 9,000 copies in just four days. Macola, in turn, sold the album rights to Motown Creative Division President Russ Regan. After one listen, Regan signed the unknown to a seven-year, multi-record contract that he and Georgio say is worth "something like" $6.9 million.
That is a very good yield on your last 500 bucks.
Georgio, who grew up in San Francisco as the son of a Navy petty officer and a Macy's saleswoman, is immodest about all of this. He has single-handedly produced for Motown an album of new compositions on which he sings and plays—thanks to the miracle of dubbing—keyboard, guitar, bass and drums. "It's going to sell one billion copies," he says of the recently released album. "If Motown promotes me the way CBS promoted Michael Jackson, I'll be great. I have everything he has—and more."
Already Georgio has let success un-cramp his recently simple style. He has moved from the bachelor digs he shared with two cousins to a new three-bedroom L.A. house complete with pool, Jacuzzi and huge stereo system. And instead of bumming around town in buses or friends' cars, he has treated himself to a snazzy Porsche Carrera Turbo. Still, he says, "I don't want to spend all my time driving around enjoying the weather instead of taking care of business." Maybe he should try it, while there's still time.