John Parr is a British singer/songwriter who in 1984 had a #23 US hit with "Naughty Naughty" and charted two other songs on the Hot 100 from his first, self-titled album, which was reissued with "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" added to the tracklist in 1985. Parr was signed to Atlantic Records, and the label was crafting an image for him as a virile rocker, with sexually charged songs and videos.
Parr's first album caught David Foster's attention, and when Foster needed a title song for the film, he contacted Parr. The success of the song elevated Parr's career to another level. Talking about how he handled the sudden success, he told us: "I had been a giggling musicians for 20 years prior. I started when I was a kid, so I had already seen and done it, but this time I was in the fast lane. When I got my shot I just carried on working hard, practicing, trying to get better. I had my moments but for me I love what I do and would never compromise the gift."
Parr's next album was Running The Endless Mile
, issued in 1986. It contained the theme song for the movie American Anthem
, "Two Hearts," but the only track to chart from the album was "Blame it on the Radio," which reached #88. Parr, who also co-wrote the Marilyn Martin hit "Night Moves
," faded from view, releasing two albums in the '90s before leaving the industry, returning in 2011 with his album Letter To America
. It was a lawsuit that kept him from recording during this hiatus. "Someone in my team betrayed me," he said. "I brought a legal action against them but they were very cunning and kept the case running for almost 18 years until I got justice. During that time no label could sign me as I was in litigation and therefore unsignable. During that time my wife and I raised our two boys. I never missed a day of their childhood. Those terrible years career-wise were the greatest gift of my life."