Take My Breath Away – Berlin

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………on September 13th of 1986 “Take My Breath Away” by Berlin takes the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop Chart. The song was written by the songwriting team of Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock, who also wrote Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone” for Top Gun and “Meet Me Halfway” for the movie Over The Top.This was featured in the movie Top Gun, helping its soundtrack become one of the best selling ever. It was the love theme from the movie, which starred Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. The song plays over a steamy love scene between the two that was not originally in the film – test audiences asked for something more intimate, so Cruise and McGillis were called back to the bedroom. They are seen in silhouette because by then, McGillis had dyed her hair for another role. Berlin lead singer Terri Nunn recalls in The Sunday Express magazine, October 1, 2006: “By 1986 we’d already been together as a band 13 years and were on our third album. We were approached by the producer Giorgio Moroder, who had worked with David Bowie and Blondie and was putting together the soundtrack for this movie Top Gun. He said, ‘I’ve got this great ballad, it’s going to be the sound of the summer, it’s going to be huge, you have to do it.’ I was happy to go ahead, but John Crawford (the band’s songwriter, founder member and keyboard player) hated it – he kept saying it just wasn’t our sound or the right direction for us as a band, and that if we didn’t write it we shouldn’t record it. But our label insisted it wouldn’t hurt us, so we went ahead. The song didn’t go straight to #1. In fact, it couldn’t get any radio play at all but for some reason, someone at Columbia just wouldn’t give up on it. They pushed it for a month and then it exploded.” This won an Oscar for Best Original Song. The song was huge worldwide also reaching #1 in the UK.