Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra Scored a #1 Hit Together

July 12, 2017

Olivia Newton-John & Electric Light Orchestra

had the UK #1 single

with 'Xanadu' today in 1980

 

"Xanadu"

is the title song from the soundtrack album

of the motion picture Xanadu

 

Xanadu is an American 

romantic musical fantasy film

written by Richard Christian Danus and Marc Reid Rubel and directed by Robert Greenwald

 

The title is a reference

to the nightclub in the film

which takes its name from Xanadu 

the summer capital of 

Kublai Khan's Yuan Dynasty in China

This city appears in Kubla Khan 

by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

a poem that is quoted in the film

 

Xanadu stars

Olivia Newton-John

Gene Kelly & Michael Beck

 

Music by

Olivia Newton-John

Electric Light Orchestra

Cliff Richard

The Tubes

 

Olivia  Newton-John sings lead vocals

ELO lead singer Jeff Lynne 

added "parenthetic" vocals

in the style of their other songs on the Xanadu soundtrack 

The ELO band provided the instrumentation

 

Xanadu gave Olivia Newton-John

- third UK #1 single

- #1 in several other countries

- certified as "silver"

   by the British Phonographic Industry

- #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA

 

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