Monday, November 27, 2006


On the current episodes of Search for Tomorrow running on the AOL/PGP Classic Soap Channel, brothers Chase and Alec Kendall are involved in the music business, complete with their own, American Bandstand type television show.

Music and soaps, of course, have a long history of going hand in hand.

In 1960, As The World Turns had a hit with Penny, love-theme for daytime's first supercouple, Penny and Jeff.

In 1976, Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci's use of Y&R's theme song turned it into an international sensation.

And by the 1980s, General Hospital had pretty much turned soap-opera music hit making into an art form.

Not just Rick Springfield (Noah) with Jessie's Girl and Jack Wagner (Frisco) with All I Need and Lady of My Heart, but tunes like Baby, Come To Me and Think of Laura got new lives when used on the show.

Baby, Come To Me, a Patti Austin duet with James Ingram, peaked at number 73 on the Hot 100 in early 1982. After being used as Luke and Holly's love theme, the song re-entered the pop chart in October and went to number one in early 1983. It is still Patti's biggest hit to date.

After his success with Arthur's Theme, Christopher Cross had only one more Top 40 hit. Think of Laura, which was used for Genie Francis' return to the show in 1983.

In 1986, DOOL generated the #1 single, Friends and Lovers, originally the love theme for Kimberly and Shane.

Currently, ATWT's Gwen Munson (and coincidentally, actress Jennifer Landon) are recording the tune, Slide.

Will it prove to be another daytime inspired hit?

Stay tuned!

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