Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………..on May 9th of 1987 Starship’s song from the film Mannequin, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” reaches #1 on the UK singles chart. It also had reached #1 in the US becoming the third US #1 single for Starship, (after “We Built This City” and “Sara”), but the only members of the group who actually participated in the recording of the song were Grace Slick and Mickey Thomas. Producer Narada Michael Walden preferred to use his veteran session players to provide the instrumental backing. Starship were originally called Jefferson Airplane, then Jefferson Starship, and then Starship. “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” was the biggest hit for any version of the group, spending two weeks at #1 in the US and four weeks at #1 in the UK. This song had enormous hit potential. It was written by Diane Warren and Albert Hammond. For Warren, it was her first #1, but she had already written hits for Laura Branigan (“Solitaire”) and DeBarge (“Rhythm Of The Night”). Hammond had established himself with “When I Need You” for Leo Sayer and his solo hit “It Never Rains In Southern California.” The producer Narada Michael Walden and the group Starship were very reliable hitmakers, and the song got lots of promotion from being featured in the movie Mannequin, which starred Andrew McCarthy (an original Brat Pack member) and Kim Cattrall (who played Samantha Jones in Sex And The City). Michael Gottleib, who directed the movie Mannequin, commissioned songwriters Albert Hammond and Diane Warren to write this song for the wedding scene of the film and sent them a script for the movie.