Hey Deanie

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"Hey Deanie"
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Single by Shaun Cassidy
from the album Born Late
B-side "Strange Sensation"
Released November 1977
Format 45 RPM
Recorded 1977
Genre Pop
Length 3:37
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Eric Carmen
Producer(s) Michael Lloyd
Shaun Cassidy singles chronology
"That's Rock 'n' Roll"
"Hey Deanie"
"Do You Believe in Magic?"

"Hey Deanie" is a song written by Eric Carmen. It was a popular hit single by Shaun Cassidy that was released the last week of November, 1977 from his album, Born Late. It was his third and final top 10 hit, peaked at number seven for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, spending four months on the chart from late 1977 to early 1978.[1] As with Cassidy's prior singles, this song also became a gold record.[2]

"Hey Deanie" was the second hit written by Carmen for Cassidy, the first being "That's Rock 'n' Roll," from Cassidy's previous album. Both songs charted concurrently with Carmen's own hit, "She Did It". Carmen recorded "Hey Deanie" himself for his 1978 album, Change of Heart, and it was also featured as the B side of the title track's 45 RPM release, which became a Top 20 hit.

Carmen wrote the song after seeing the film, Splendor in the Grass, starring Natalie Wood as "Deanie" and Warren Beatty as her lover.[3]

As with Cassidy's bigger hits, his version of "Hey Deanie" was featured in one of the episodes of The Hardy Boys, as performed by Cassidy's character Joe Hardy. The episode is entitled "Oh Say Can You Sing" (season 2, episode 14).[4]

"Hey Deanie" is ranked as the 68th biggest American hit of 1978.[5] Chicago radio superstation WLS, which gave the song much airplay, ranked "Hey Deanie" as the 45th most popular hit of 1978.[6] It reached as high as number 6 on their survey of January 21, 1978.[7]

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Cover versions[edit]

"Hey Deanie" was covered by power pop artist Gary Charlson in 1981, as a live version. It was included on his Real Live album.[12]


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  2. ^ "1977 Singles - Month By Month". Superseventies.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  3. ^ "Hey Deanie by Shaun Cassidy Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  4. ^ TV.com (1979-02-28). "The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Quotes, Facts & Trivia". TV.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
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  6. ^ "1978 Countdown : WLS". wlshistory.com. 
  7. ^ "WLS MUSICRADIO 89". Oldiesloon.com. 1978-01-21. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  8. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard.com. 1978-01-21. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  9. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  10. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1978/Top 100 Songs of 1978". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  11. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  12. ^ "Gary Charlson - Real Live Gary!". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 

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