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Monday, May 16
KIM CARNES - Bette Davis Eyes
Today in 1981 Kim Carnes reached No. 1 on the US Billboard Charts with her killer tune: 'Bette Davis Eyes'. The song stayed No. 1 for nine weeks and peaked on the UK charts at No. 10. Kim hit the mother-load with this song winning 2 Grammy's: Song of the Year and Record of the Year. 'Bette Davis Eyes also hit No. 1 in 31 Countries - talk about being in the right place at the right time.
The song was actually written in 1974 and initially recorded by DeShannon, but it wasn't until Kim added her personal touch to the song that it hit the airways. Apparently the original version of the song has been described as the chorus having a "beer-barrel polka piano" flavor. LOL Well no wonder the song never went anywhere! lol Kim version took out the piano polka and added the signature synthesizer riff. Get this! The song was recorded live off the floor in the Studio in ONE TAKE!! This is mind-blowing for those of you that are unfamiliar with the process in a recording studio!! Kim's has such unique vocals, I dare you to tell me who she sounds like. She has been referred to as the Female Rod Stewart and I would have to agree. Bette Davis liked the song as well and contacted Kim to thank her for making her "a part of modern times".
Kim Carnes started out as an actress with a notable appearance on the Patty Duke Show. In 1980 Carnes and her hustand Dave Ellingson wrote a complete 12-song concept Album for Kenny Rogers called 'Gideon'. Kim sang a duet with Kenny on that album called 'Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer'. The song hit No. 4 on the Pop Charts and No.3 on the Country Charts. Now that is a nice little gig for Kim hey?
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