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In 1972, Newton, famous for his 1963 hit "Danke Schoen," was signed as the first artist of the new record label, Chelsea, which was founded by Wes Farrell. This song, which was written by Peter Callander and Geoff Stephens, was released as his first single on the new label. The song turned out to be a huge hit for him, with more than one million copies of the record sold.
The song was already climbing the charts in Great Britain before it was recorded by Newton. The artist with the British hit version of it was Daniel Boone, who later had another hit in the US in the fall of 1972: "Beautiful Sunday."
Newton reportedly liked this song because it is emotional and tugs at the heart strings. The lyrics tell of a potential divorce with a small child involved, a theme that Newton felt might resonate with audiences in Las Vegas, where he often performed.
Dean wrote the screenplay and lyrics to all the songs in Footloose
. His other hits include "Fame" and "All The Man That I Need."
Susanna Hoffs - "Eternal Flame"
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."