Archive for January 31st, 2012

31st January
written by Ray Schuck

Before 1985, California-born and New York-raised singer Billy Vera had had a few singles chart on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart, including two that hit the top 40:  “Country Girl – City Man” with Judy Clay, which rose to number 36 in 1968, and “I Can Take Care Of Myself” with his band the Beaters, which peaked at number 39 in 1981.  Later in 1981, Billy & the Beaters also charted with “At This Moment,” which would top out at number 79.

Fast forward to 1985, when the NBC sitcom Family Ties utilized “At This Moment” in conjunction with the developing romantic storyline between Alex P. Keaton, played by Michael J. Fox, and his love interest Ellen Reed, played by Tracy Pollan.  As you may know, Fox and Pollan also developed a romantic relationship in real life, and they married in 1988.  Meanwhile, you may also know that “At This Moment” gained renewed popularity–so much so that by early 1987 it had gone all the way to number 1, and exactly 25 years ago today, it was in its second week of its two-week run at the top of Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart.

A quarter of a decade later, Vera is still making and playing music, and you can find out more at his official website.

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