Fame (Irene Cara song)
|Single by Irene Cara|
|from the album Fame soundtrack|
|B-side||"Never Alone" (performed by the Contemporary Gospel Chorus, The High School of Music and Art)|
|Released||June 1980[US] May 1982 [UK]|
|Irene Cara singles chronology|
"Fame" is a pop song, written by Michael Gore (music) and Dean Pitchford (lyrics), released in 1980 that achieved chart success as the theme song to the Fame film and TV series. The song was performed by 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 Golden Globe Award the same year. In 2004 it finished at number 51 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.
Irene Cara was given the role of Coco Hernandez in the movie Fame. Cara composed the song for this movie. The songs music was by Michael Gore and lyrics by Dean Pitchford and Cara sang it. The song got Cara Grammy nominations for Best New Female Artist and Best New Pop Artist. The movie became an "overnight sensation". The song won an Oscar for best film theme song in 1981. In July 1982 in topped the British charts. The movie was adapted into a TV series and stage show which toured Europe.
Fame theme song
The song was later used as the theme song for the Fame television series, which aired from 1982 to 1987. It was also used in other TV shows related to Fame.
Charts and certifications
"Fame" rose to number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1980. It also reached number one on the Billboard dance chart for one week. The song was rereleased in the United Kingdom in 1982 following the airing of the Fame television series. It hit number one in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks. It has sold 1.05 million copies in the UK as of June 2013. The song also reached number one in Flanders, Ireland, the Netherlands and New Zealand, and number three in Australia and Sweden.
Weekly singles charts
In popular culture
Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song for their 1982 album The Chipmunks Go Hollywood. The British group Girls Aloud covered the song in their 2006 Chemistry Tour. And singer-songwriter Mree covered the song in 2014, which then was featured on an episode of the television show, Grey's Anatomy.
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"Happy Talk" by Captain Sensible
|UK number-one single
July 17, 1982
(for three weeks)
| Succeeded by|
"Come On Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners