You Take My Breath Away

Album: Sooner Or Later (1979)
Charted: 10
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  • Rex Smith made his Broadway debut playing Danny in the original Grease!, and has played many roles in television and stage productions. This song was written for the TV movie Sooner Or Later in which he starred. >>
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    Brenda - Winnipeg, Canada

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  • Always Fan from WiI was born in 1976 and I am and always will be his youngest fan for I saw him on TV sing at a beauty pageant and he sang you take my breath away and I have always been hooked since. It was never any attraction I was young young but I love his music and when I need a smile I remember it and my kids even know the song by heart for I sang it so much. Ty Rex
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 8th 1981, the Gilbert & Sullivan musical 'The Pirates of Penzance'* starring Rex Smith with Kevin Kline and Linda Ronstadt opened at the Uris Theater in New York City...
    Six months later on June 21st, 1981 Rex Smith's covered version, in a duet with Rachel Smith, of "Everlasting Love" entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #80; and eight weeks later on August 16th, 1981 it peaked at #32 {for 2 weeks} and 13 weeks on the Top 100...
    As a solo artist, Rex Smith had one record make the Top 100 chart, "You Take My Breath Away", it stayed on the chart for 16 weeks in 1979, peaking at #10...
    * This production of the musical was its 25th Broadway revival of the play.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn April 15th 1979, "You Take My Breath Away" by Rex Smith entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 at position #84; and on June 17th it peaked at #10 (for 2 weeks) and spent 16 weeks on the Top 100...
    He had one other Top 100 hit; in a duet with Rachel Sweet, "Everlasting Love" reached #32 in 1981...
    Mr. Smith will celebrate his 59th birthday this coming September 19th and Ms. Sweet turns 52 in three months on July 28th.
  • Brad from Barry, TxRex Smith will always be the definitive on-screen Matt Murdock/Daredevil (from "The Trial of the Incredible Hulk")! And don't forget his turn as Jesse Mach in the short-lived series "Street Hawk."
  • Carol from Seattle, WaThis song was written for Sooner or Later but it was modified at Rex's request before going to recording.
    For a very much needed time in my life he did Take My Breath Away as well as the pain of losing my husband.
    I could not ask for a better gift than Rex or any of his beautiful songs.
    My favorite song of Rex's is "Woman" from Headin' for Broadway.
    As an artist he is one of the few that truly expresses his emotions in his work.
    It should not be hard to tell what he is feeling and experiencing with any of the music from 1978 until 1985 these were the best 6 years of my life.
    Thanks Sexy!!!!
  • Michelle from Miami, Fldid he actually write this Song?? because it sure sounds like a barry manilow song to me.
  • Robin from Peru, In"You take my breath away" is one of the best songs ever made. Rex Smith is a very talented man. He has a wonderful voice and is gorgeous. I wish him and his family all the best. Thanks Rex, for all of the songs and shows you've given us.
    Robin, Peru In.
  • Frank from Westminster, ScIf you take the words, "You Take My Breath Away" and "And I Don't Know What to Say" out of the lyrics, the song is around thirteen seconds long. I used to nearly sprain my arm changing stations when this turkey would come on the radio!
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