Irene Cara is best known as a singer of movie themes, though she worked as an actress since childhood. Raised in NYC, she appeared on Broadway in 1967 in the musical Maggie Flynn at age eight and can be heard on the cast album for the show The Me Nobody Knows. From the age of 16, she was turning up on television and in films, including a part in the TV mini-series Roots 2 in 1979. In 1980, she was catapulted into stardom and a singing career by her appearance in the film Fame, for which she sang the title song, an Oscar-winning Top Ten hit. Also from the film was her Top 40 hit "Out Here on My Own." In 1983, she topped the charts with "Flashdance...What a Feelin'" from the movie Flashdance, a song she co-wrote that won another Oscar, and Cara won a couple of Grammys for her contributions to the soundtrack. Her What a Feelin' album included the hits "Why Me?" and "Breakdance," and she also made the Top 40 with a third movie theme, "The Dream (Hold on to Your Dream)," from DC Cab. -AMG
But the real star of this mix of Breakdance is Italian mastermind Giorgio Moroder. Composer / songwriter / producer / entrepreneur. Giorgio Moroder is noted world wide for his award-winning, chart topping music. He has worked with many of the most famous names in both film and music including Barbra Streisand, Olivia Newton-John, Cher, Pat Benatar, Roger Daltry and Janet Jackson. Among his number one hit singles are Blondie's "Call Me," Donna Summer's "On the Radio" and "I Feel Love," Kenny Loggins "Danger Zone," and David Bowie's "Putting Out the Fire."
Moroder's score for the film "Midnight Express" brought the composer his first Academy Award. Two more followed with the Irene Cara number one hit single "Flashdance...What A Feeling," from the film "Flashdance" and "Take My Breath Away" from the movie "Top Gun". His music has also garnered countless other awards including four Golden Globes, two Grammys and People's Choice Awards, and more than 100 Golden and Platinum discs.
Giorgio Moroder has contributed to such hit films as "The Never Ending Story," "Scarface," "Superman III," "American Gigolo," "Cat People," "Rambo III," "Over The Top" and "Beverly Hills Cop II." He restored and scored Fritz Lang's classic silent film "Metropolis." The score includes the hit songs "Here She Comes" by Bonnie Tyler and "Love Kills" by Queen's Freddy Mercury.
Born in Val Gardena-Dolomiti, Italy, Moroder spent his early years touring Europe as a musician before teaming up with Pete Bellotte and eventually producing the epic seventeen minute "Love to Love You, Baby" for singer Donna Summer. The song is credited with starting the disco craze around the world. Several years later, Moroder's "Flashdance...What A Feeling" would also be credited with helping send the music world in yet another new and exciting direction.
Moroder's musical creativity has also touched the realms of sports and world piece. He wrote the songs "Reach Out" for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, "Hand in Hand" for the 1988 Seoul, Korea Olympics, plus the world wide hit song " Un Estate Italiana" for the 1990 Soccer World Cup in Italy.
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Irene Cara - Breakdance (extended dub mix by Giorgio Moroder)