Jump (For My Love)

Album: Break Out (1983)
Charted: 6 3

Songfacts®:

  • A hit in the summer of 1984, this energetic love song got a nice boost from the 1984 Summer Olympics, which were held in Los Angeles. The video showed various leaping athletes competing in events like the long jump, high jump and triple jump, and without using any actual Olympic footage, tied in nicely to the games. The Pointer Sisters, who were more of a retro R&B group in the '70s, adapted well to the '80s, with upbeat keyboard-driven songs like this. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • June Pointer sang lead on this one.
  • This was written by Steve Mitchell, Marti Sharron and Gary Skardina. That team also wrote "Dangerous" for Natalie Cole.
  • This won a Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1985.
  • In 2003, Girls Aloud recorded this for the soundtrack of the movie Love Actually. The Pointer Sisters original version was in the film, where it featured in a scene where Hugh Grant, playing the British Prime Minister, dances to it. Girls Aloud's cover allowed for more promotional opportunities in the UK, where their video was based on the film.
  • In 1984, this appeared on episodes of Knight Rider, Miami Vice and St. Elsewhere. Later TV series to use it include:

    Grey's Anatomy ("Everything I Try to Do, Nothing Seems to Turn Out Right" - 2014)
    Married... with Children ("A Shoe Room with a View" - 1995)
    227 ("The Big Deal" - 1988)

    It also shows up in these movies:

    Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins (2008)
    The Trip (2002)
    Children of a Lesser God (1986)

Comments: 1

  • Joshua from La Crosse, WiSupposedly this song was originally titled simply "Jump", but the title was extended just before release so the song wouldn't be confused with Van Halen's recent #1 hit of that title.
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