No one knew what it meant. No one could sing the lyrics. Let alone parse the Cold War political implications. But that bass line and Nena’s alluring voice made it one of the most successful non-English song in American musical history.
The theme from the movie of the same name. Gore, the younger brother of Lesley Gore, won an Academy Award for best original song for "Fame." Because sometimes all you want to do is weep to an instrumental soundtrack and think of Shirley MacLaine.
Though massive in Cardiff, the Welsh singer Shakin’ Stevens scored only one hit in the U.S. Hot 100. But even this one was eclipsed by the cover version by Sylvia, leaving Shaky, as he was known, to cry...just a little bit.
Kamon was featured on the 1983 Flashdance soundtrack, singing the hard-driving dance track "Manhunt," produced by Phil Ramone. "Loverboy" is her followup, a three-minute ode to the power of crossfading and the transcendent power of a well-placed “doo-doo-doo.”