Breakaway Tracey Ullman
Song Title: Breakaway
Artist: Tracey Ullman
Date of release: 1983
Description: ” Breakaway ” is by Tracey Ullman ( Trace Ullman ), the actress, comedian, singer and dancer. Tracey is also a screenwriter, producer, director, author and businesswoman who holds dual British and American citizenship.
Tracey was born in Slough, Buckinghamshire, England. She began her career in television when she appeared on sketch comedy shows A Kick Up the Eighties, with the late English comedian Rik Mayall ( best known for playing Rick in the British sitcom The Young Ones ) and Miriam Margolyes, who played Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter film series. Tracey also appeared in the British comedy sketch show, Three of a Kind. The show, also starring comedians Lenny Henry and David Copperfield, ran for Three series between 1981 and 1983.
Tracey emigrated to the United States from the United Kingdom and starred in The Tracey Ullman Show on the Fox network. The show was a blend of sketch comedy shorts with musical numbers. Choreography for the music numbers was by Paula Abdul.
Tracey was the first British female comedy star to be offered her television sketch show in both the UK and US. Her success in both the United Kingdom and the United States means that she is currently the richest female British comedian ( third richest British comedian overall ). As of 2015, Tracey is the second richest British actress, beaten to the top by Isla Fisher, who married comedian Sacha, Baron Cohen.
” Breakaway ” was written by Jackie DeShannon and Sharon Sheeley. Jackie is an American singer-songwriter. She has had hits since the 60s and is best known for her 1965 Billboard Hot 100 Chart hit ” What the World Needs Now Is Love “.
Jackie also composed ” When You Walk in the Room “, which, although first released by her, became a bigger hit when covered by The Searchers in 1964. Another popular hit song composed by Jackie was the Kim Carnes Billboard Hot 100 Chart topper ” Bette Davis Eyes “, which spent nine weeks at Number One in 1981.
Sharon Sheeley was an American songwriter. Her songs were recorded by Glen Campbell, Ricky Nelson, Brenda Lee and Eddie Cochran. The first song was written by Sharon, when she was 18, ” Poor Little Fool “, was recorded by Ricky Nelson. In 1958 it became his first chart-topper and the Billboard Hot 100 Chart’s first Number One single. The Number One made Sharon the youngest woman to write an American Chart-topping single. Sharon died on the 17th of May 2002 at the age of 62.
Originally recorded by Irma Thomas in 1964, ” Breakaway ” never became a hit. Irma is an American singer from New Orleans, known as the ” Soul Queen of New Orleans ” she never had the success to match the likes of Aretha Franklin and Etta James. In 2007, Irma won her first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album ( After the Rain ), it was her first Grammy in her 50-year career as a recording artist.
Tracey Ullman’s cover of ” Breakaway ” was produced by Peter Collins, the English record producer, arranger, and audio engineer.He has worked with artists like Gary Moore, Bon Jovi, Air Supply, Alice Cooper, Nik Kershaw, Nanci Griffith, Jermaine Stewart, Jane Wiedlin, The Cardigans, Rosetta Stone and Josh Joplin.
The song was released in 1983 by record label Stiff Records ( ZTT. Warner Music Group ) and taken from Tracey’s debut Album You Broke My Heart in 17 Places. The Album, released by Stiff Records in the United Kingdom and MCA in the United States, peaked at number fourteen on the UK Albums Chart and number thirty-four on the Billboard 200 Chart in the United States in 1984.
The accompanying music video was directed by Dave Robinson. He directed many of the videos for Madness, the English ska band from London, England. Dave also directed the video for another of Tracey’s hits, “They Don’t Know “, which featured Sir Paul McCartney.
” Breakaway ” was a commercial success for Tracey. In the United States, the song reached number 70 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, spending four weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 12th of March 1983 and reached a peak of number four. It spent four weeks in the top ten and a total of twelve weeks on the UK chart.
The song also charted in Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 70
UK Highest Chart Position: 4
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Switzerland 11, Germany 8, Netherlands 2, Belgium 3
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