Thursday, October 28, 2010

The eighth Wonder of the world

The song that ruled the Billboard pop chart on this day in 1984 would go on to win an Academy Award. You could say the Oscars rocked that year. Consider: All five Oscar nominees for Best Song spent time at No. 1 on the Hot 100:

Ghostbusters, Ray Parker Jr., Ghostbusters
Footloose, Kenny Loggins, Footloose
Let's Hear It For the Boy, Deniese Williams, Footloose
Take a Look at Me Now, Phil Collins, Against All Odds
I Just Called to Say I Love You, Stevie Wonder, The Woman in Red

"I Just Called to Say I Love You" became the 12th single of the rock era to win an Oscar.  It was Wonder's eighth No. 1 hit, and became his first chart-topper in the UK. There are many versions floating around the Web, but the link below represents our favorite recording from an intimate performance at Teddington Studios in London.  (It's had 499,109 views so it wouldn't be hard to push it past a half-mil!)

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