p>”Call Me” is a song by the American new wave band Blondie.
Released in 1980, “Call Me” topped the singles charts in both the US
(where it bacame the band’s biggest selling single) and the UK (where it became their fourth no.1 hit).
The song was the main theme of the film American Gigolo. European disco producer Giorgio Moroder originally asked Stevie Nicks to help compose and perform a song for the soundtrack, but she declined (as a recently signed contract with Modern Records prevented her from working with Moroder). It was at this time that Moroder turned to Debbie Harry.
Moroder presented Harry with a rough instrumental track called “Man
Machine.” Harry was asked to write the lyrics and melody, a process
that Harry states took only a few hours.
The completed song was then recorded by the band, with Moroder
producing. The bridge of the original English language version also
includes Harry singing “Call Me” in Italian (“Amore, chiamami”) and
French (“Mon cheri, appelle-moi”).
The single was released in the United States in February 1980. It
peaked at #1 for 6 weeks, and was certified Gold (for one million
copies sold) by the RIAA. It also spent four weeks at number two on the U.S. Dance
chart. It was released in the UK two months later, where it became
Blondie’s fourth UK no.1 single in little over a year. The song was
also played on a British Telecom advert from the 1980s. Twenty-five years after its original release, “Call Me” was ranked at #283 on the list of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The song lists at #44 on Billboard’s All Time Top 100.
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