Sunday, January 6, 2013

"Fame" by Irene Cara

Top 10 Alert!
Academy Award Alert!
Song#:  0207
Date:  06/14/1980
Debut:  88
Peak:  4
Weeks:  26
Genre:  Pop, Soundtrack

Pop Bits:  Cara was practically a 10-year veteran in showbiz by the time she starred in the movie "Fame." She had already done film, theater, and TV work such as "The Electric Company," the soap "Love of Life," and "Roots: The Next Generation." But it was "Fame" that pushed her towards stardom and the title track became her first major hit. The song won the 1981 Oscar for Best Original Song as well as the Golden Globe.

ReduxReview:  "Remember my name! Fame!" Oh how I heard this a thousand times down the high school hallways by the choir geeks. Hearing it now, the production sounds like a can of spray cheez, but it is hard to not get caught up in the rousing chorus.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Cara's role in the movie originally called for her to be a dancer, but after producers heard her sing, they rewrote the part of Coco Hernandez to incorporate her vocals. Although she was offered to reprise the roll in the NBC TV series, she turned it down to continue her music career.


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