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The Kids From Fame

"The Kids From Fame" was the first album to be released by the cast of the U.S. TV series "FAME". It was released on LP (Rep447) and Cassette (ZCH447) in July 1982, licensed to BBC records from RCA music. It entered the U.K. charts at number 16 on 24th July 1982. Over the course of the next year it spent 46 weeks on the U.K. charts, 12 of which were at number one. The album achieved platinum status in the U.K. and became the 2nd best selling U.K. album of 1982 behind Barbra Streisand's "Love Songs" album.  In total it had sales in excess of 1,050,000 and was the 42nd best selling album of the 80s in the U.K.

The album was produced by Barry Fasman for The Entertainment Company. Executive producers were Charles Koppelman & Martin Bandier.  Lead Vocals were by Debbie Allen, Lee Curreri, Erica Gimpel, Carlo Imperato, Valerie Landsburg, PR Paul, Gene Anthony Ray and Lori Singer.  Most people believed the songs to be original songs composed especially for the "FAME" series but many of them including "Starmaker", "Hi Fidelity", "Life Is A Celebration", "It's Gonna Be A Long Night" and "Step Up To The Mike" had already been recorded and released by their writers.

Two singles were released in the U.K. from the album "Hi Fidelity" and "Starmaker". Further singles could have been released, with "Life Is A Celebration" being released in The Netherlands and "We Got The Power" being remixed and issued as a promo in America. Also it was proposed that "Be My Music" would also be a single. Some countries issued the album advertising "Be My Music" as being a single but it was never released. Instead RCA wanted to cash in on the huge success of the album and quickly followed it up releasing "The Kids From Fame Again" album just 3 months after the first album was released. 

In Central Europe the album was also released as a special Limited Edition picture disc (RCA PD1983)  but this was never released in the U.K. This album is the only original Kids From Fame Album to be released on CD, which happened in 2000 (RCA ND90427).  

International Chart Positions:

Netherlands    - 30 weeks on chart peaked at Number 1
New Zealand   - 21 weeks on chart peaked at Number 1
Norway             - 17 weeks on chart peaked at Number 11  
Sweden             - 11 weeks on chart peaked at Number 3
U.K.                   - 46 weeks on chat peaked at Number 1             
U.S.                   - Billboard Top 200 peaked at Number 146

Kids From Fame Full Album 1982


Side A:
"Starmaker"  -  The Kids From Fame, written by Bruce Roberts & Carole Bayer Sager.
"I Can Do Anything Better Than You Can"  - Erica Gimpel & Debbie Allen, written by David Wolfert & Sandy Linzer. 
"I Still Believe In Me" - Erica Gimpel & Debbie Allen, written by Gary Portnoy & Susan Sheridan.
"Life Is A Celebration"  -  Erica Gimperl & Carlo Imperato, written by Rick Springfield.
"Step Up To The Mike" -  Erica Gimpel, Valerie Landsburg, Carlo Imperato & Gene Anthony Ray, written by Alan Gordon. 

Side B:
"Hi Fidelity"  - Valerie Landsburg, written by Enid Levine.
"We Got The Power"  -  Gene Anthony Ray & Erica Gimpel, written by Barry Fasman & Steve Sperry.
"It's Gonna Be A Long Night"  - Lori Singer, written by Gary Portnoy & Estelle Levitt.
"Desdemona"  -  Gene Anthony Ray, Valerie Landsburg & Carlo Imperato, written by Barry Fasman & Steve Sperry.
"Be My Music"  - Lee Curreri, Valerie Landsburg, Gene Anthony Ray & Erica Gimpel, written by Lee Curreri & Ethan Hurt.

Kids From Fame Media Album Review

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Chart Stats:


New Zealand

Record Mirror Article on U.K. Sales figures up to September 1982

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