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Fame" is a pop song, written by Michael Gore (music) and Dean Pitchford (lyrics) that was released in 1980, and achieved chart success as the theme song to the and Fame film TV series. The song was performed by [1 ] Irene Cara, who played the role of Coco Hernandez in the original movie. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1980, and the [1 ] Golden Globe Award for the same. In 2004 it finished at #51 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.
The tune was later used as the theme song for the
television series, which aired from 1982 to 1987. It was also used in other TV shows related to Fame Fame.
Chart and sales performance [ edit ]
"Fame" rose to number four on the
in August 1980. It also reached number one on the Billboard Billboard Hot 100 dance chart for one week. The song was not released in the United Kingdom until 1982, thus coinciding with the UK premiere of the Fame television series in the future. It hit number one in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks. It has sold 1,050,000 copies in the UK as of November 2012. [1 ] The song also reached number one in [9 ] Flanders, Ireland, the Netherlands and New Zealand, and number three in Sweden. [10 ] [11 ]
In popular culture [ edit ]
Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their 1982 album . British group The Chipmunks Go Hollywood Girls Aloud covered the song in their Chemistry Tour. Singer-songwriter Mree covered the song, which appeared on an episode of . Grey's Anatomy
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
Fame" Lyrics by Dean Pitchford, Music by Michael Gore (1980) "
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Up Where We Belong" Lyrics by Wilbur Jennings, Music by Jack Nitzsche & Buffy Sainte-Marie (1982) "
Flashdance... What a Feeling" Lyrics by Irene Cara, Keith Forsey, Music by Giorgio Moroder (1983) "
I Just Called to Say I Love You" Music & Lyrics by Stevie Wonder (1984) "
Say You, Say Me" Music & Lyrics by Lionel Richie (1985) "
Take My Breath Away" Lyrics by Tom Whitlock, Music by Giorgio Moroder (1986) "
(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Lyrics by Franke Previte, Music by John DeNicola & Donald Markowitz (1987) "
Let the River Run" Music & Lyrics by Carly Simon/" Two Hearts" Lyrics by Phil Collins, Music by Lamont Dozier (1988) "
Under the Sea" Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken (1989)