Let's Hear It for the Boy
|"Let's Hear It for the Boy"|
|Single by Deniece Williams|
|from the album Footloose and Let's Hear It for the Boy|
|Released||February 14, 1984|
|Deniece Williams singles chronology|
"Let's Hear It for the Boy" was the second number-one song for Deniece Williams and appeared on the soundtrack to the feature film Footloose. It climbed to number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on May 26, 1984, as well as number one on the dance and R&B charts, and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and was certified platinum in the US, gold in Canada and silver in the UK by the RIAA, Music Canada and the British Phonographic Industry respectively. The music video was released in mid-April 1984. The song features background vocals from George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, who would go on to form the duo Boy Meets Girl.
In 2011, country singer Jana Kramer covered the song for the remake of "Footloose". In 2017 the song was covered by UK Hi-Nrg dance artist, Allan Jay in aid of The Retired Greyhound Trust and their Let's Hear It For The Boy campaign.
There is an official music video of this song, featuring Williams along with several young men, one of them being the singer Aaron Lohr as the young boy who is the first person to appear in the video.
Credits and personnel
- Tom Snow – writer
- Dean Pitchford – writer
- Deniece Williams – lead vocalist, backing vocalist
- George Merrill – backing vocalist
- Shannon Rubicam – backing vocalist
- George Duke – producer, drum programming, keyboards, Memory Moog bass, Prophet synthesizer, synthesizer
- Paul Jackson, Jr. – guitar
- Paulinho Da Costa – percussion
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