Album:Fame: The Original Soundtrack From The Motion Picture
Both of Irene Cara's big hit singles were from hit movies, Fame in 1980 followed by Flashdance...What A Feeling. So you can't get them on the same CD. In fact, when I wrote about Flashdance a few years ago, the soundtrack was only available with the DVD of the movie. Irene has a great voice but her own albums didn't catch on. So she has stuck mostly to acting in her career. Irene was 18 years old when she was hired for Fame. She had previously done a few bit parts in Broadway musicals. She was originally cast as a dancer. But when fame screenwriter Christopher Gore heard her voice, he decided to expand her role. She sang two songs in Fame, Fame and Out Here On My Own. Fame reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and what it really did was catapult the film to box office success. Also the soundtrack was a big seller. And the song Fame won a Best Song Oscar. The score for Fame was written by Michael Gore and Dean Pilchford. Michael Gore is the brother of singer Lesley Gore and screenwriter Christopher Gore. The record was arranged by Leon Pendarvis Jr. and the guitar solo is by veteran session musician Elliott Randall. When the producers wanted to turn Fame into a TV series, Irene turned them down and Erica Gimpel played Coco. The TV series was even more successful than the movie so that was probably a big mistake. Irene has continued to act on film and TV. She currently lives in Florida and leads her band Hot Caramel. They released a CD in 2011. Meanwhile, Fame was turned into a stage musical in 1988, And MGM produced a movie remake of Fame in 2009. Stick with the original. Here's the video for Fame by Irene Cara.