Thursday Inspiration #122 You Light Up My Life

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word life, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘You Light Up My Life’, or by going with another song by Debby Boone, or anything else that you think fits.  This ballad written by Joseph Brooks, and originally recorded by Kasey Cisyk for the soundtrack album to the 1977 film of the same title.  This song won a Grammy, a Golden Globe, and an Oscar for Best Original Song.  It held the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for ten consecutive weeks in 1977 setting a new Billboard Hot 100 record for most weeks spent at Number One.  It also topped Record World magazine’s Top 100 Singles Chart for 13 weeks.  Elvis Presley’s double-sided hit ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ & ‘Hound Dog’ had previously spent eleven weeks as the song which was “Best Sellers in Stores” and “Most Played in Jukeboxes” chart in 1956, but the Billboard Hot 100 didn’t begin till August 4, 1958.

The song was lip synced in the film by its lead actress, Didi Conn.  ‘You Light Up My Life’ only reached #48 in the UK.  The song was finally knocked off the top spot by the Bee Gees ‘How Deep Is Your Love’.  Joseph Brooks was a jingle writer and he not only composed the song but he also wrote and directed the film and then faded into obscurity.  In June 2009, he was arrested and charged with setting up fake casting calls to sexually assault or rape almost a dozen women.  Brooks died by suicide in 2011, while still awaiting trial.  Joseph Brooks made a sexual pass at Kasey Cisyk and she rejected him.  He did not pay her or give her credit for the movie to get revenge for her turning him down, but later she sued him and finally got credit.  Brooks hired Debby Boone and made her sing it almost exactly as Casey Cisyk sang it until she got it right, because he was too cheap to pay to re-record the piano and orchestra again.  He tried to cover up his lechery, by finding someone who sounded almost exactly like her.  Cisyk died of breast cancer in 1998 at age 44.

The best-known cover version of the song is a cover by Debby Boone, the daughter of singer Pat Boone.   Boone recorded her vocals over a pre-existing instrumental track that Brooks already had developed for the film’s soundtrack.  For over a year, no movie studio would release the film and no record company would release the song.  When the movie finally got picked up, it was time to record the song as a single, and Brooks went with Debby Boone instead of Cisyk, who also played a bridesmaid in the film.  The movie was about a girl trying to make it in show business.  The lead role was played by Didi Conn, who played Frenchy in the movie Grease the next year.  She lip-synched the song to Cisyk’s voice.  This was Boone’s only hit, and it didn’t take her long to fade from the spotlight.

So many dreams
I kept deep inside me
Alone in the dark but now
You’ve come along
You light up my life

20 thoughts on “Thursday Inspiration #122 You Light Up My Life

  1. I remember “Light Up My Life” clearly and Debby Boone singing it. It was hugely popular the year I graduated from high school and you heard it every time you turned on the radio. It was a nice song and nicely sung, but I had no idea of it’s dark roots either. Yuck. I’m glad he offed himself, because we do not need that kind of creature in this world.
    Anyway here’s my contribution today:

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