Baltimora’s first single, “Tarzan Boy”, was released in April 1985, and became a huge European success, peaking at No. 6 on the Italian single chart and entering the top 5 in numerous European countries, including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, France, the Netherlands and Norway. The song eventually made it to the United Kingdom charts, where it reached No. 3 in August 1985.
“Tarzan Boy” was released in Canada in October 1985 and peaked on the Canadian charts at No. 5 by the end of the year.However, it took a while for the single to enter the Hot 100 single chart in the United States (where it was released on). When it did, it remained on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six months, peaking at No. 13 in February 1986.Baltimora performed on the American TV show Solid Gold, which helped further their success in America. The second single, “Woody Boogie”, which also gained notable success, entered the top 20 in Germany, Switzerland and Sweden.“Tarzan Boy” later appeared on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993) soundtrack.
Baltimora’s first album, Living in the Background, was released in Europe at the end of 1985, and in United States in 1986. Despite the success of “Tarzan Boy”, Living in the Background only charted moderately entering the top 20 album charts only in a few countries in Europe, including Sweden,reaching the no. 49 spot on the US charts.
When Baltimora’s second album, Survivor in Love (1987) and the single “Key Key Karimba” failed to chart, Baltimora lost label support and Bassi decided to disband.
Jimmy McShane died of an AIDS-related illness in March 1995.