Fame Irene Cara
Song Title: Fame
Artist: Irene Cara
Date of release: June 1980
Description: ” Fame ” is by Irene Cara ( Irene Cara Escalera ), the American singer, songwriter and actress. Born in The Bronx, New York City, Irene learnt to play the piano by ear, then had her first dance lessons aged just five. She later went on to study music, acting and dance seriously.
Although Irene had a successful career in the theatre, it was the 1980 hit movie Fame which brought her international stardom. Originally cast as a dancer the producers decided that she has the talent to sing as well as dance and so re-wrote the role of Coco Hernandez.
The song was written by Michael Gore, who composed the music and Dean Pitchford, who wrote the lyrics. Michael is an American composer and younger brother of the late Lesley Gore, the singer-songwriter who is best known for her 1963 Billboard Hot 100 Chart Number One ” It’s My Party “.
Michael wrote the music for Carrie – The Musical, a Broadway musical adaptation of Stephen King’s novel Carrie. The show closed after 16 previews and 5 performances, becoming one of the most expensive flops in US theatre history.
Dean Pitchford is an American songwriter, screenwriter, director, actor and novelist. Although Dean appeared in the off-Broadway musical, Godspell and contributed songs to The Lizzie McGuire Movie, Shrek 2, Ice Princess and Bambi II.
Dean’s work has been recognised by an Oscar, a Golden Globe Award, nominations for three additional Oscars, two more Golden Globes, eight Grammy Awards and two Tony Awards. Although he has enjoyed success in his own right, he is best known for his work with Michael Gore. They won the Oscar in 1981 for best original song for ” Fame ” from the film of the same name.
” Fame ” was released in June 1980 by record label RSO ( Universal Music Group ) and features on the soundtrack Album. The Album was released on the 16th of May 1980 in the United States and features nine songs, which appear in scenes from the film.
The film was originally conceived in 1976 by Producer David De Silva after being inspired by the musical A Chorus Line. The film is about a group of students and follows them as they study at the High School of Performing Arts in New York City.
Filming of the internal scenes took place in two unused schools after the Board of Education denied them access to the the Performing Arts school. The film cost $8.5 million to make and went on to gross $21.2 million in North America alone.
” Fame ” was a commercial success for Irene. In the United States the song reached a peak of number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, spending 26 weeks on the chart there.
In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK Singles chart on the 3rd of July 1982 and reached a peak of Number One, holding the top slot for 3 weeks. It spent 10 weeks in the top ten and a total of 16 weeks on the UK chart.
The song wasn’t released in the United Kingdom until 1982 after British tv network the BBC acquired the rights, with Coco Hernandez being played by Erica Gimpel. The BBC didn’t have Erica’s version of ” Fame ” and so record label RSO released Irene Cara’s version instead.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 4
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 3, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Canada (RPM) 42, France (SNEP) 2, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 3
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