Let's Hear It For The Boy

Album: Footloose Soundtrack (1984)
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  • This was the second single from the Footloose soundtrack, following the "title track," which was recorded by Kenny Loggins. The song "Footloose" came out a few weeks before the movie was released, and the video, which got lots of airplay on MTV, built up a great deal of anticipation for the film. "Let's Hear It For The Boy" benefited from exposure in the movie, and like the title track, it went to #1 in America. In the film, the song was used in a scene where Kevin Bacon tries to teach Christopher Penn how to dance, and Penn is having a hard time.
  • Dean Pitchford, who had previously worked on Fame, wrote the screenplay for Footloose and composed the lyrics to all the song in the movie. He wrote this song with Tom Snow; the pair had previously written "You Should Hear How She Talks About You," which ended up being a hit for Melissa Manchester. Pitchford and Snow wrote a different song that was originally used in the scene - it was called "Somebody's Eyes," and was written in a minor key. As production continued, the movie's director, Herbert Ross, felt the song wasn't working with the scene, so Dean decided to write another one with Tom. This time, they went for an uplifting song with a girl singing about a wonderful boyfriend, even though he's far from perfect. When they came up with the "Let's hear it for the boy" line, they wrote the song around that title.

    Once the song was written, Pitchford asked Deniece Williams and her producer George Duke to record the song. Kenny Loggins was onboard for the title track, which gave the project credibility, and Williams loved the song and the story idea for the film - she grew up in a small Indiana town with a religious environment similar to the one described in Footloose. Williams already had two #1 R&B hits to her name - "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" with Johnny Mathis, and "It's Gonna Take A Miracle." "Let's Hear It For The Boy" became her third R&B chart topper; the Footloose soundtrack had #1 hits on the Pop, R&B, and Adult Contemporary ("Almost Paradise") charts.
  • Dean Pitchford told us that he gets very particular about vocal performances of his songs - he even had Barbra Streisand redo her tracks on his song "If I Never Met You." When Williams recorded this the first time, Pitchford thought it sounded too girlish, so she flew from Los Angeles to New York to quickly do another take under deadline pressure. She ended up doing the proper take late that night after a long flight, but it was worth it. When she saw the film, she thought the scene where they used her song was incredible. "If I had come to the film without the music in and they asked me what segment I wanted my song to be in, I would have chosen that segment," said Williams.
  • George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam of the duo Boy Meets Girl sang backup. They had a hit in 1988 with "Waiting For A Star To Fall." and also wrote Whitney Houston's songs "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)." Shannon told us: "Jazz/funk keyboardist George Duke produced the record, Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford were also monitoring the session as the writers of the song, very creative and wonderful people."

    George and Shannon continue to record as Boy Meets Girl and released an album in 2003 called The Wonderground. Their website is www.boymeetsgirlmusic.com.
  • Jana Kramer, whose acting credits include Friday Night Lights and One Tree Hill, recorded a new version of this song for the 2011 remake of the movie Footloose. She took a crack at Country music that year, getting her first record deal in February.

Comments: 14

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 9th 1984, a video of "Let's Hear it for the Boy" by Deniece Williams was aired on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Nine weeks earlier on April 1st, 1984 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #56; and on May 20th it peaked at #1 (for 2 weeks) and spent 16 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 9 of those 16 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    And on May 27th it also reached #1 (for 3 weeks) on Billboard's R&B Singles chart...
    Then on June 30th it peaked at #1 (for 1 week) on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart...
    Between 1976 and 1988 she had nine Top 100 records; three made the Top 10 with two reaching #1 (her other #1 was a duet with Johnny Mathis, "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late", it reached the top spot for one week on May 28th, 1978)...
    Mr. Williams, born June Deniece Chandler, celebrated her 64th birthday six days ago on June 3rd, 2014.
  • Keith from Philadelphia, PaDeniece Williams a one-hit-wonder is a joke, AJ from Cleveland do some research so many hits too many to list
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyThis song was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song in 1984; the winner was "I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder for the film 'The Woman in Red'!!!
  • John from Nashville, TnDeniece Williams has co-written songs for the Spinners, Lou Rawls, jazz singer Nancy Wilson, Freida Payne, and Sheena Easton to name a few.
  • John from Nashville, TnDeniece Williams had three US top 10 pop hits on the Billbord Hot 100 during her career. "Too Much Too Little Too Late" (with Johnny Mathis) and "Let's Hear It For The Boy" both went to #1, while her remake of the Royaltones "It's Gonna Take A Miracle" went to #10 in 1982. Her first single "Free" went to #25 in 1977.
  • Sara from Silver Spring, MdNot everyone likes Footloose of course...
  • Edward Pearce from Ashford, KentSorry Kim, I think you'll find it was Style Council backing singer Dee C. Lee who Paul Weller was married to for a time.
  • Kim from Birmingham, EnglandDeniece was once married to british singer songwriter Paul Weller
  • Pete from Nowra, Australianever really liked this song....maybe it's just me
  • Kate from Cleveland, Ohgreat song. but i do prefer the verson done by katy b. on the queer as folk soundtrack
  • Aj from Cleveland, GaDeniece can be called a one-hit-wonder, and this is her glory.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesHer biggest UK hit, although she did also reach No.3 in 1976 with "Free".
  • Nora from Richfield, MnIt also appears she was a songwriter. If you watch Family Ties it gives credit to her for co-writing the theme song.
  • Thomas from Atlanta, GaDeniece was originally a backup singer for Stevie Wonder. She now devotes her time to singing gospel music.
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