Oh my goodness where do we begin with this one. There are so many great songs that you instantly associate with movies. I mean I could probably limit this to just John Hughes films from the eighties and we would still be able to come up with a whole bunch. But let’s face it the sixties and seventies have been full of great movie tracks as well. My favorite song from a sixties movie has to be Lulu’s To Sir With Love from the iconic Sidney Poitier movie of the same name. Then the seventies were full of amazing tracks, I mean you can’t think about the Graduate without humming Simon and Garfunkel’s Mrs. Robinson!
The Amazing movie American Gigolo had some history with it’s most famous song. Composer Giorgio Moroder originally wanted to collaborate on the “American Gigolo” theme song with Stevie Nicks, but she had to decline. He then enlisted Debbie Harry, who wrote the song in a few hours based on the film’s opening scene of Richard Gere cruising around California in a convertible. (I love Stevie but Debbie rocked it!) Speaking of Giorgia Moroder, on this day 36 years ago Irena Cara hit number 1 on the U.S. Billboard charts and stayed there for six weeks with her Giorgio Moroder composed song … Flashdance…What a Feeling.
The Bee Gee’s have several tracks associated with one particular disco dancing movie, and Madonna had a big break when Crazy For You was featured in the movie Vision Quest. Phil Collins has written several tracks that are associated with several films, but the song I went with has an interesting back story. It was a song originally written as an anthem about getting older and facing hardship but for a particular person. It was written for a paralyzed athlete called Rick Hansen, who circled the world in a wheelchair on what was called the “Man in Motion Tour.” It was then tweaked and the single spent two weeks at no. 1 following the success of this Brat Pack film. So maybe instead of thinking about Rob Lowe and Demi Moore when listening to this … think about Rick Hansen … the lyrics take on a new meaning.
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