Today In Pop Music History (11-20-2015)

THE PRINCESS AND THE TROLL HIT THE TOP


Thirty three years ago Friday (November 20, 1982), this dramatic romantic ballad was the #1 song in the USA for for its third and final week

 
“Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes was from the movie “An Officer And A Gentleman” and remains a frequently played song on the nation’s AC (Adult Contemporary stations). It’s one of the few instances where two acts who couldn’t hit #1 on their own did it together instead. The same thing happened to Dionne Warwick and the Spinners with “Then Came You” in 1974.
 

 To climax the song at #1 this weekend in 1982 on “American Top 40,” Casey Kasem told the story of how the pair wound up singing the song together, calling it a unification of “the Princess and the Troll.” Jennifer liked what she saw of Joe singing in the Grammys and caught him backstage after a Bonnie Raitt concert, telling him “I’d like to sing with you someday.

 Later, when the Paramount Pictures executives told her they were thinking of using Joe Cocker on the theme song, she told them, “Why not use both of us?

According to writer Fred Bronson, the director of “An Officer And A Gentleman,” Taylor Hackford, agreed to the duet after Jennifer Warnes’ manager suggested it. Joe Cocker was on tour when he was needed. No problem. He flew into Los Angeles one afternoon and recorded the song that night. Not long thereafter, Cocker flew back to his next tour stop.
 
 



TOMORROW:
ONE TOMMY JAMES REMAKE
REPLACES ANOTHER AT THE TOP

 

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