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UMe Celebrates Songwriter PAUL JABARA's Birthday With Newly Remastered Version of Casablanca 's Paul Jabara's Greatest Hits…and Misses
Best known as a composer of global classics like "Last Dance" by Donna Summer, "The Main Event" by Barbra Streisand, "Enough is Enough" by Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand, and "It's Raining Men" by the Weather Girls, Jabara was a successful recording artist in his own right. Covering his three studio albums on Casablanca, Paul personally chose the songs on "Paul's Jabara's Greatest Hits…and Misses" and created new music and different versions of existing tracks showcasing his unique talents and extraordinary songwriting ability.
Celebrating the anniversary of Paul Jabara's birth on January 31,1948, his family, friends, and fans worldwide will be commemorating his birthday by remembering this disco legend for his versatile talent and keen sense of humor. His legacy lives on through his music and his influence remains as strong as ever.
Oscar winner, Jabara first made his mark as an actor on stage in the late 1960s and early '70s in the musicals Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and Rocky Horror Picture Show and later in cinema including Midnight Cowboy and Day of the Locust. He released his debut album, Shut Out, in 1977 which included the title song, featuring his friend and label mate Donna Summer, and "Dance," both US Dance chart top 40 hits. In 1978, he had a role in the 1978 film, Thank God It's Friday, that featured "Last Dance," a song he wrote for Summer, who was also in the film. Its success—winning an Oscar® and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song, a GRAMMY® Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and peaking at #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart—propelled Jabara into the spotlight. His second album, Keeping Time (1978), featured his own recording of "Last Dance," "Trapped In A Stairway" from Thank God It's Friday, "Something's Missing," a second duet with Donna Summer, and "Take Good Care of My Baby / What's a Girl to Do" featuring Pattie Brooks. The full album hit #12 on Billboard's Dance chart. For the movie, The Main Event, starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal in 1979, Jabara co-wrote with Bruce Roberts the title song for Barbra Streisand, which became a gold-selling single, a #3 Pop chart smash, and winner of a People's Choice Award for "Favorite Theme/Song from a Motion Picture." "No More Tears (Enough is Enough)," became a number-on single on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
His solo album, The Third Album, released in 1979, was produced by Jabara and included two long disco medleys, plus another Donna Summer feature, "Never Lose Your Sense of Humor." The full album hit #12 on Billboard's Dance chart. Jabara's 4th album, Paul Jabara and Friends, featured the first official recording by Whitney Houston, as well as the perennial smash hit, "It's Raining Men," which Jabara co-wrote with Paul Shaffer. In 1989, Casablanca released the original compilation, Greatest Hits…And Misses, which featured unique mixes and edits of his best-loved tracks plus three new songs.
By popular demand, expanded editions of Jabara's albums Shut Out and Keeping Time were released in September 2022. Shut Out included his early singles on A&M Records, "One Man Ain't Enough," from 1975, and the original A&M single version of "Dance," from the film Mother, Jugs and Speed, along with the 7" edits of "Slow Dancing" and "Shut Out." The expanded Keeping Time features as a bonus "Disco Queen," originally from the soundtrack to Thank God It's Friday, in both its LP version and a super-rare 12" version. Playlist:
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