Ricky Nelson records rockabilly tune Poor Little Fool. It becomes his first US#1, his tenth top-40 single.
A fine singer, Nelson is among the first rockers who could be truly called a teen idol, thanks in part to singing on his parents’ TV show, which lasts 14 years.
Greek electronic composer Vangelis (Evangelos Papathanassiou) album Chariots of Fire begins 4 weeks atop the US charts.
Written as the opening theme for the 1981 (4-Oscar, including Best Picture) film Chariots of Fire, the single Chariots of Fire will make US#1 on May 8 (CA#4,UK#12) … the only song by a Greek artist to do so.
Much as Tomita had done, Vangelis uses synthesizers as an orchestra; a couple of years later he will be able to create MIDI tracks then record them all simultaneously to tape. The AFI nominated this album and Vangelis’ 1982 (not released ’til 1994) Blade Runner soundtrack on its list of 250 top film scores.
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