Number 730 - Joey Scarbury
"Believe It Or Not"
Joey Scarbury ( is an adult contemporary singer who had a hit song, "Theme From Greatest American Hero (Believe It or Not)," in 1981.
Growing up in Thousand Oaks, California, Scarbury was continually encouraged in his ambition to sing by his mother. At the age of 14, after being spotted by songwriter Jimmy Webb's father, he was signed to a recording contract, and seemed to be destined for stardom. Scarbury's first single, "She Never Smiles Anymore," flopped, and he was soon without a label.
Scarbury, undaunted by what happened, stayed in music up through the 1970s singing backup for artists like Loretta Lynn, and occasionally recording his material. Although he had a minor chart single with "Mixed Up Guy" in 1971, real chart success eluded him for the rest of the decade. This was to change when he started working for producer and composer Mike Post. Post was hired along with Stephen Geyer to write the theme song for a new series dubbed "The Greatest American Hero", about a high school teacher who comes into possession of a superhero outfit, and Scarbury was chosen to record it. An extended version of the song (3:15 compared to the television theme's minute-long length), released by Elektra Records, shot up to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Scarbury could not follow it up however, and after charting at #49 with the single "When She Dances," Scarbury disappeared from the charts. Scarbury went on to work with Post again in the mid-80s to record the song "Back to Back," for the television series
Hardcastle and McCormick and teamed up with Desiree Goyette to record "Flashbeagle" for the Peanuts special It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown.
George's answering machine message on Seinfeld is a parody of this song. ~ [Source: Wikipedia]
Not even gonna bother knowing what Rolling Stone thought. Got better things to do like... making a Marmite sandwich.
This song has a crowbarred rating of 67 out of 108
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