Cracking Up

Season 1 Episode 7

Prom Night

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Aired Monday 8:30 PM Apr 05, 2004 on FOX
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Prom Night
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Ted invites Lesley's old high school prom date to their home after Ben learns that Ted is still jealous of him. Liam is asked to chaperone Chloe, Preston and their dates to the prom.

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      • Song: Superstar
        The song voiced by Molly Shannon's & John C. Reilly's characters (and later Christopher McDonald's) is titled "Superstar" (words and music by Leon Russell & Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett). First recorded by Rita Coolidge on the Joe Cocker "Mad Dogs And Englishmen" album released in August 1970, it was made popular by the rendition sung by Karen Carpenter of "The Carpenters" on their 1971 album "Carpenters" (arranged by Richard Carpenter after he heard Bette Midler perform the song on the "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson"). Other well-known renditions are by "Sonic Youth", and Luther Vandross, about which Bonnie Bramlett said in interview: "I was disappointed in the Carpenters version. I guess up until Luther, Bette's was my favorite." In July 2002, Bonnie Bramlett provided her own tragic female reading on her album entitled "I'm Still the Same".


        Please get the facts straight about Carpenters version of "Superstar." They included the Russell/Bramlett penned ballad on their 3rd album, CARPENTERS, which was released on 5/14/71. Midler's version was included on her first album which released on 11/7/72. Also, the date Midler performed the song on The Tonight Show was 10/7/71 - five months AFTER the release of the Carpenters album. So any reference to Richard penning his arrangement of Superstar after hearing Midler's version on Carson is incorrect. Bonnie Bramlett might have been disappointed in Karen's and Richard's interpretation, but it must have struck a chord in others - going to #2 on Billboard's Hot 100. I think Ms. Bramlett didn't like that Richard changed a lyric in the song from: And I can hardly wait to SLEEP with you again, to: And I can hardly wait to BE with you again.

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