Heartlight (song)

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Heartlight single cover.jpg
Single by Neil Diamond
from the album Heartlight
B-side"You Don't Know Me"
ReleasedSeptember 1982
Songwriter(s)Neil Diamond, Carole Bayer Sager and Burt Bacharach

"Heartlight" is a song written by Neil Diamond, Carole Bayer Sager and her then-husband Burt Bacharach,[1] and recorded by Diamond in 1982. It is the first track on Diamond's 1982 album, also titled Heartlight, and reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming his eighth (and last) top 5 hit on the chart. It also spent four weeks atop the adult contemporary chart in late 1982, and was the last of his eight #1s on that chart.[2]

The song is inspired by the blockbuster movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,[2] which Diamond, Bayer Sager and Bacharach had all seen together.[3][4] When E.T. leaves Earth, his heart glows a luminous red, hence the song title.

The songwriters were required to pay Universal Studios $25,000 for the use of ideas from the film.[4]


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  1. ^ William Ruhlmann. "Neil Diamond | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  2. ^ a b "Neil Diamond - Biography". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  3. ^ Wild, David (2008). He Is ... I Say: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Neil Diamond. Da Capo Press. p. 156. ISBN 978-0-306-81784-7. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
  4. ^ a b Dominic, Serene (2003). Burt Bacharach Song by Song. New York: Schirmer. p. 272. ISBN 0-8256-7280-5. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
  5. ^ a b "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1988". Aria.com.au. Archived from the original on 2014-02-04. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Heartlight". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  8. ^ "NEIL DIAMOND | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. 2014-10-22. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  9. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles – Week ending November 13, 1982". Cash Box Magazine. November 13, 1982. Archived from the original on 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  10. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Archived from the original on 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  11. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-26. Retrieved 2015-07-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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