Thursday, March 08, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-John Parr

Artist:John Parr
Song:St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)
Album:Best Of '80s Pop: Love Songs

Most folks will remember this chart topper from the 1985 hit film St. Elmo's Fire. John Parr and producer David Foster wrote the song for Canadian paraplegic athlete Rick Hansen and then Foster slipped it into the movie soundtrack. Parr is perceived as a one hit wonder though he had one other significant chart hit. He was born Nov. 18, 1954 in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England. He signed a publishing deal in 1983 and worked with Meat Loaf on his album Bad Attitude. Parr signed with Atlantic Records in 1984 and his debut album John Parr did well. The single Naughty Naughty reached #23 on the Billboard Hot 100. When Parr finished touring opening for Toto, David Foster called him about recording a song for the upcoming film St. Elmo's Fire. Parr had written Man In Motion to honour Rick Hansen. After Foster made some changes to the song, it was the film's theme. The song topped the charts in 1985 and the film and soundtrack was a big hit too. The song was only released on the movie soundtrack. It was never on a John Parr album. The soundtrack is available on CD but a little expensive. You should get it on this Rhino various artists budget CD. Parr left Atlantic after one more album. Some of his songs appeared in films like Three Men and a Baby, The Running Man and American Anthem. But for the most part he slipped into obscurity and quit the music business in the 90s. He returned in 2006 to tour with Bryan Adams, Journey and Richard Marx. He released an album last year. And you might have seen him on ESPN's SportsNation singing a reworked St. Elmo's Fire dedicated to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. He is currently touring with the show American Anthems: The Spectacular Rock Musical. His son Ben Parr appears in the British TV show Hollyoaks. Here's the video for St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion) by John Parr.

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