BAGDAD CAFÉ – CALLING YOU

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Bagdad Café – Calling You

«Calling You» is a song from the 1987 movie, Bagdad Café. It was originally recorded by Jevetta Steele. Bob Telson, the songwriter, also recorded his version. Both versions appeared on the movie soundtrack. The song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 61st Academy Awards.

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Formats and track listing

Single (Europe)

No. Title Length

  1. Calling You (Jevetta Steele) 5:20
  2. Calling You (Bob Telson) 5:18

Single (France)

No. Title Length

  1. Calling You (Jevetta Steele) 5:21
  2. Brenda, Brenda (Jearlyn Steele-Battle, Tommy Joe White, Marianne Sägebrecht) 6:22

BAGDAD CAFE 955753724588539765352 bgSingle (UK)

No. Title Length

  1. Calling You (Jevetta Steele) 3:36
  2. Zweifach (Deininger Blasmusik) 2:31

Maxi single (Europe)

No. Title Length

  1. Calling You (Jevetta Steele) 3:36
  2. Zweifach (Deininger Blasmusik) 2:31
  3. Calling You (Bob Telson) 5:18

Released: 1988

Format: 7″, 12″, CD

Recorded: 1987

Length: 5:20

Label: Island

Writer(s): Bob Telson

Producer(s): Bob Telson

Jevetta Steele (born November 11, 1963) is an African American gospel music singer. Steele is originally from Gary, Indiana, though she has lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for many years. She originally migrated to the Twin Cities to become a criminal lawyer, although music and stage would eventually become her destined paths. In addition to her successful solo career, Steele is a member of the acclaimed family gospel group The Steeles along with her sister, Jearlyn Steele, and three brothers. Jevetta Steele is married and is a mother to three children.

In 1985, Steele landed the lead role of Ismene in the touring show, The Gospel at Colonus. She went on to appear in productions of Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Crowns, and Double Infidelities. She recently composed the musical Two Queens, One Castle, which opened to rave reviews.

Bob Telson, the composer of The Gospel at Colonus used Jevetta Steele as a singer for different soundtracks he worked on. A collaboration with Telson has become her most well-known lead vocal performance, on the 1988 Telson-penned song «Calling You» from the movie soundtrack of Bagdad Café. The song was nominated for an Academy Award. The song was released as Steele’s debut single and became a big airplay hit around Europe, as well as achieving top 10 positions in Sweden and in France, where she was especially successful. The success in France led to a recording contract there and in 1989 she released a follow-up single, again produced by Telson, titled «I Will Remember», which failed to chart.

Starting in 1988, Steele, on her own or with her singing family group The Steeles, became a very much in-demand session singer. It was through those sessions that she met Prince and his associates, and worked closely with him providing vocals on his records and the artists he produced from the period 1989-1995.

At the same time as these sessions, Steele worked on her debut album, Here It Is. Primarily recorded at Paisley Park and produced by Tommy LiPuma and Ricky Peterson, the album was first released in France in 1991. Steele’s debut album included her hit «Calling You», and also featured two Prince-written songs, and a cover of «Say A Little Prayer For You» which was released as the first single.

The album remained only released in France until Columbia Records picked it up for worldwide distribution in 1993. The international release, however, only retained 5 songs from the original French issue, and added 5 new others. That same year, Steele’s group The Steeles released their debut album Heaven Help Us All.

Steele can also be heard on the 1994 Corrina, Corrina soundtrack singing «Over The Rainbow».

She has recorded and toured with Prince, George Clinton, 10,000 Maniacs, and Mavis Staples. She appeared on the album Memorial Beach, recorded by the Norwegian group a-ha, performing backing vocals on the songs «Lie Down in Darkness» and «Move to Memphis». Her most recent album is a 2006 collection of original and classic jazz selections called My Heart.

Discography

Albums

1988: Jevetta Steele

1993: Here It Is

2006: My Heart

Singles

1988: Calling You

1989: I Will Remember

1991: Say A Little Prayer For You

1993: Hold Me

1999: Calling You (remix) (with Christian Falk)

Celine Dion Calling YouCeline Dion version

Celine Dion covered «Calling You» many times during her live performances between 1990 and 1996. The 1994 performance recorded in Olympia, Paris was included on À l’ Olympia live album and released as the first and only single in December 1994.

Dion performed «Calling You» during her concert tours in the first half of the 1990s: Unison Tour, Celine Dion in Concert, The Colour of My Love Tour and D’eux Tour. She also sang it live on few television shows over the years.

The 1991 performance in the Winter Garden Theatre was released on the Unison home video, the 1994 performance in the Olympia, Paris was featured on À l’ Olympia live album and the 1995 performance in Zénith de Paris was included on the Live à Paris DVD. «Calling You» taken from À l’ Olympia was also featured as B-side on Dion’s 1995 singles, «Only One Road» and «Pour que tu m’ aimes encore».

The «Calling You» single was released in France on 19 December 1994. It peaked on the French Top 100 Singles Chart in the last week of 1994, reaching number seventy-five. «Calling You» left the chart after five weeks. Jose F. Promis from AllMusic called Dion’s version of «Calling You» unique and praised her voice calling it a «technical marvel».

In 2006, Dion’s version of «Calling You» was the musical accompaniment to an Emmy Award-winning routine by choreographer Mia Michaels for the dance competition reality show So You Think You Can Dance.

Formats and track listing

Single (France)

No. Title Length

  1. Calling You (Live) 4:04
  2. Le fils de Superman (Live) 4:28

Released: 19 December 1994

Format: CD, vinyl

Recorded: September 1994 Olympia Paris

Genre: Pop

Length: 4:04

Label: Columbia

Writer(s): Bob Telson

Producer(s): Claude Lemay

BAGDAD CAFE – I’m Calling You (Jevetta Steele)

LYRICS

A desert road from vegas to nowhere

some place better than where you’re been

A coffee machine that needs some fixing

In a little cafe just around the bend

I am calling you

Can’t you hear me

I am calling you

A hot dry wind blows right through me

The baby’s crying and I can’t sleep

But we both know a change is coming

coming closer, sweet release

I am calling you

I know you hear me

I am calling you

I am calling you

I know you hear me

I am calling you

A desert road from vegas to nowhere

Some place better than where you’ve been

A coffee machine that needs some fixing

In a little cafe just around the bend

A hot dry wind blows right through me

The baby’s crying and I can’t sleep

And I can feel a change is coming

coming closer, sweet release

I am calling you

can’t you hear me

I am calling you

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCLpLWcX2cg

 

Celine Dion – Calling You (Live A Paris 1995)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlBxnC-U5sY

 

 

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