|"Through the Eyes of Love"|
|Single by Melissa Manchester|
|from the album Ice Castles OST|
|Length||4:12 (album version), 3:32 (single mix)|
|Songwriter(s)||Marvin Hamlisch, Carole Bayer Sager|
|Melissa Manchester singles chronology|
"Through the Eyes of Love (Theme from Ice Castles)" (sometimes incorrectly referred to as "Looking Through the Eyes of Love"), is an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-nominated ballad performed by American singer Melissa Manchester, from the soundtrack of the 1978 film Ice Castles .
Melissa Manchester is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Since the 1970s, her songs have been carried by adult contemporary radio stations. She has also appeared on television, in films, and on stage.
Ice Castles is a 1978 American romantic drama film directed by Donald Wrye and starring Lynn-Holly Johnson and Robby Benson. It is the story of Lexie Winston, a young figure skater, and her rise and fall from super stardom. Tragedy strikes when, following a freak accident, Lexie loses her sight, leaving her to hide away in the privacy of her own despair. She eventually perseveres and begins competing in figure skating again.
"Through the Eyes of Love" is featured during the climax of the film, as the song Lexie (played by Lynn-Holly Johnson) skates to it in the first competition after she has become blind due to a skating accident. Lexie skates to the instrumental version, while the vocal version is played over the end credits. The lyrics refer to the recovery of the will to fulfill her dreams helped by her boyfriend (played by Robby Benson) and how, despite her blindness, she's able to overcome her troubles looking "through the eyes of love".
Lynn-Holly Johnson is an American professional figure skater and actress. After achieving some success as a figure skater in the mid-1970s, she began an acting career, including a Golden Globe-nominated role in 1978's Ice Castles and her role as Bibi Dahl in the 1981 James Bond film For Your Eyes Only.
Robby Benson, is an American actor, voice actor, singer, musician, educator, director, producer, writer and composer. He rose to prominence as a teen idol in the late 1970s, appearing in the sports films One on One (1977) and Ice Castles (1978). He subsequently garnered fame for portraying the voice of Beast in the Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast (1991) and its numerous sequels and spin-offs. He later forged a career in directing television, including six episodes of the sitcom Friends.
The music of the song was written by the film's composer, Marvin Hamlisch, with the lyrics written by Carole Bayer Sager. Melissa Manchester, a frequent collaborator with Sager, was chosen to sing the song. The song was produced by Arif Mardin, with whom Manchester would re-team in 1982 to produce her comeback album Hey Ricky , that produced the biggest hit of her career "You Should Hear How She Talks About You".
Marvin Frederick Hamlisch was an American composer and conductor. Hamlisch was one of only fifteen people to win Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. This collection of all four is referred to as an "EGOT". He is one of only two people to have won those four prizes and a Pulitzer Prize ("PEGOT").
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Arif Mardin was a Turkish-American music producer, who worked with hundreds of artists across many different styles of music, including jazz, rock, soul, disco and country. He worked at Atlantic Records for over 30 years, as producer, arranger, studio manager, and vice president, before moving to EMI and serving as vice president and general manager of Manhattan Records. His collaborations include working with Queen, the Bee Gees, Hall & Oates, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack, Bette Midler, Chaka Khan, Laura Nyro, Phil Collins, Daniel Rodriguez, and Norah Jones. Mardin was awarded eleven Grammy Awards.
Despite not being a big hit, it is considered a classic among Manchester fans for her vocal delivery and has achieved a cult following over the years. It has been a frequent opening song at weddings, especially in the early 1980s. Manchester has usually included the song on her live shows.
Clive Davis, head of Arista Records, decided to make "Through the Eyes Of Love" the follow-up to Manchester's March 1979 top 10 hit "Don't Cry Out Loud" instead of another song from the album of the same name. Released in April 1979, the song climbed high on the Adult Contemporary charts, peaking at number 13, also making a minor showing on the pop charts, peaking at number 76 on the Billboard Hot 100.
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"Don't Cry Out Loud" is a song written in 1976 by Peter Allen with lyricist Carole Bayer Sager that is best known as a hit single for Melissa Manchester in the US and for Elkie Brooks in the UK.
The single mix runs at a shorter length than the album version, and features a short guitar solo near the end of the song which is not present on the album version. The song "Such A Morning", from Don't Cry Out Loud, was issued as the B-side on the single.
The song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 1980 awards season,but lost both times, losing to "It Goes Like It Goes" from Norma Rae and "The Rose" from The Rose , respectively.
The Academy Award for Best Original Song is one of the awards given annually to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It is presented to the songwriters who have composed the best original song written specifically for a film. The performers of a song are not credited with the Academy Award unless they contributed either to music, lyrics or both in their own right. The songs that are nominated for this award are performed during the ceremony and before this award is presented.
The Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song was awarded for the first time in 1962 and has been awarded annually since 1965 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The award is presented to the songwriters of a song written specifically for a motion picture. The performers of the song are not credited, unless they also have a writing or co-writing credit.
"It Goes Like It Goes" is a song written by David Shire and Norman Gimbel. Jennifer Warnes sang the vocals for the Norma Rae soundtrack in 1979. "It Goes Like It Goes" won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1979, defeating such fellow nominees as "Through the Eyes of Love" and "Rainbow Connection", to the consternation of some critics.
At the 1980 Academy Awards ceremony, Manchester performed two nominated songs on the same night, the other being "I'll Never Say Goodbye", which she sang for the film The Promise .
The 52nd Academy Awards were presented April 14, 1980, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by Johnny Carson who, in noting the long duration of the production, joked that President Jimmy Carter was working hard for their "release" from the ceremonies, a clear reference to the Iranian hostage crisis.
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The song was not on any of Manchester's studio albums, but was included on her first Greatest Hits album in 1983 and on many of her subsequent compilations since. A single mix was released for the first time on CD as a bonus track on the Wounded Bird reissue of Manchester's Don't Cry Out Loud album, in 2007.
|Billboard Hot 100||76|
|Billboard Adult Contemporary||13|
|Canadian Singles Chart||89|
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