1980 Electric Light Orchestra – I’m Alive
After founder Roy Wood left their band, Jeff Lynne eventually led the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) to greater successes in the late seventies.
In 1980, Jeff agreed to write and record songs for the soundtrack album for the film Xanadu. Olivia Newton-John worked with songwriter/producer John Farrar for her songs while Jeff wrote and produced his contributions to the project.
Before they released the film in August, they released single versions of songs from the film beginning in May:
Magic by Olivia topped the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary (AC) charts.
One day later gave us I’m Alive by ELO. That single didn’t do quite as well, but it still managed to reach #16 on the Hot 100. That song introduced the muses in the film; the last muse to dance onto the stage was the one played by Olivia.
August gave us two more releases. ELO’s second single, All Over The World, peaked at #13 on the Hot 100. Aa flash mob video later used the song, but that use wasn’t related to the film.
Jeff wrote and produced Xanadu, the title song from the film. Olivia sang lead vocals and Jeff sang backup vocals. The single reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the AC chart.
The last single from the soundtrack was Suddenly, a duet by Olivia and Cliff Richard. It barely reached the top twenty on the Hot 100 but made it up to #4 on the AC chart.
It’s fortunate that the singles and the soundtrack album were so successful since the movie tanked…it was probably a tad late for Roller Disco!
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