Blog

Published on April 22nd, 2019 | by Gerry Galipault

0

All About the Songs: Kim Carnes’ ‘Bette Davis Eyes’

(This is the first in a series of features on the classics, in the artists’ own words … culled from past interviews with Pauseandplay.com.)

Kim Carnes on “Bette Davis Eyes” (EMI America, 1981)

We worked (on it) for about three or four days. Because I like to record live, we would go in and rehearse before going on the road to get all the arrangements right and then go into the studio. It took a few days to figure out what we were going to do with it.

“I knew I was passionate for the song but we had to change it. After several days, we finally came up with the right arrangement, the chords, and when I recorded it, everybody knew – the band, myself, Val Garay, who produced the album. We all went, ‘This is it.’ Then we went in the next day and got it on the second take.

“We knew when we cut it that we had a winner. Beyond a doubt, we all really knew it. By the time it came out, so many people were convinced … but then there was talk at the record company of something else being the first single. I don’t think I’ve ever fought so hard for anything. Fortunately, it all worked out.

It worked out, indeed. The song, written by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon, spent nine weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, was the biggest-selling song of 1981 and won two Grammy Awards (for Song of the Year and Record of the Year).

Tags: ,


About the Author

Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.



Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Back to Top ↑
  • BEST OF THE WEB

     

    Entertainment Weekly names Pause & Play one of “the 100 greatest Web sites”

  • Album Release Dates

    Aug. 23, 2019 » Taylor Swift, Vince Gill, Raphael Saadiq, Tanya Tucker, Machine Gun Kelly, Midland, Coco Montoya, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Redd Kross, The Rubinoos, etc.

    Aug. 30, 2019 » TOOL, Bon Iver, Sheryl Crow, Lana Del Rey, Common, Trisha Yearwood, Big Wreck, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Natasha Bedingfield, Ezra Furman, Eliane Elias, Jesse Malin, The Futureheads, etc.

    Sept. 6, 2019 » Chrissie Hynde with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble, Melanie Martinez, The Highwomen, Crystal Gayle, Iggy Pop, Lindsey Stirling, Status Quo, NRBQ, MUNA, Barns Courtney, The Brand New Heavies, Jake Clemons, Bat for Lashes, etc.

    Sept. 13, 2019 » Charli XCX, Goo Goo Dolls, The Lumineers, Pixies, Korn, Belle and Sebastian, Emeli Sandé, Cold, Shawn Colvin, Puddle of Mudd, Chelsea Wolfe, Devendra Banhart, etc.

    Sept. 20, 2019 » Zac Brown Band, blink-182, Herb Alpert, Fitz and the Tantrums, Keane, Liam Gallagher, Brittany Howard, As I Lay Dying, Gerry Beckley, Bruce Cockburn, M83, Mudhoney, Andrew Combs, Hiss Golden Messenger, Allan Clarke, etc.

    Sept. 27, 2019 » Tegan and Sara, The Beatles, Sturgill Simpson, The New Pornographers, Jon Pardi, Of Mice & Men, Beth Hart, Temples, KMFDM, Opeth, Kristin Chenoweth, Boy & Bear, Vagabon, David Hasselhoff, Charlie Parr, Wallis Bird, etc.

    More New Releases» Oct. 4 and Beyond


    Elton John loves Pauseandplay.comDeals of the Day Best SellersVinyl Gift Guide$5 Digital Albums

  • New Merch at Hot TopicSave on Tablets at Walmart.comBand T-ShirtsTurntables & AccessoriesHome Audio SystemsAmazon Tap $40 OffSave up to 90% on Textbooks

    NOTE: Pauseandplay.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. We also participate in other affiliate programs.

  • Love Pauseandplay.com? We do, too … Help us keep it going. (Every little bit helps.) We ♥ u.




  • Recent Posts

  • Connect on Facebook

  • On Twitter