, 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