Wednesday, October 10, 2012

"Don't Cry for Me Argentina" by Festival

Song#:  0079
Date:  03/08/1980
Debut:  90
Peak:  72
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Disco, Soundtrack

Pop Bits:  Festival wasn't really a band, but a studio creation by Russian-born Boris Midney. Classically trained, he did the scores for some TV shows and films and also released jazz albums. But he crossed over into dance music territory in the 70s and became one of the forerunners of Eurodisco. He had success with his own studio "groups" like Beautiful Bend, but it appears like his sole US chart song is this disco version of the famous "Evita" song. The musical had hit Broadway in 1979, so the song was becoming more popular here and getting the cover treatment.

ReduxReview:  Wanna know how to totally desecrate a classic Broadway song? Here ya go.

ReduxRating:  1/10

Trivia:  This isn't the only dance version of the tune. In 1996, Madonna appeared in the film version of "Evita" and released this song as the soundtrack's second single. For the single, it was remixed as a dance tune and it reach #1 on the dance chart and #8 on the pop chart.



  1. Maeve might like this. It sounds like it would fit well in Eurovision.

  2. Hey, wow! I DO like it. Straight out of the golden age of Eurovision. :-)

  3. Chart Run: 90 - 83 - 73 - 72 - 92 - 92 - 88 - 99