American Top 40 PastBlast, 8/16/80: Irene Cara, “Fame”

Rolling this time with one of the singles I really liked (and purchased) as I was preparing to start my junior year of HS. Here are a couple of things I learned about Irene Cara while trying to figure out what else to say in this post (apologies if they’re old news to you):

1) I watched The Electric Company a decent amount when it first came on the air in 71, but I have no recollection of the kids’ musical group Short Circus that appeared on the show, and I certainly didn’t know that Cara was a member of that group for the first season, playing Iris. Here’s a sample—I can definitely see the potential:

2) “Fame” won the 1980 Oscar for Best Original Song, but apparently I pay little enough attention to such things that I’d forgotten that only the songwriter(s), and not the performer(s), get to take home the hardware. Maybe Cara took note of this, as three years later she got her own statuette for writing the lyrics to “Flashdance…What a Feeling.”

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