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twixnmix: Sylvester Stallone and his wife Brig…

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Sylvester Stallone and his wife Brigitte Nielsen outside the Carlyle Hotel in New York City on August 22, 1986.

Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen at B…

Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen at Billy Wilder’s New Year’s Eve party on December 31, 1986.

Sylvester Stallone and his wife Brigitte Niels…

Sylvester Stallone and his wife Brigitte Nielsen during the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award to Billy Wilder at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on 

March 6, 1986.

Sylvester Stallone and his wife Brigitte Niels…

Sylvester Stallone and his wife Brigitte Nielsen outside the Carlyle Hotel in New York City on August 22, 1986.

On this day in music history: July 2, 1977 – “…

On this day in music history: July 2, 1977 – “Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)” by Bill Conti hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Bill Conti, Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins, it is the biggest hit for the film score composer from Providence, RI. Prior to the theme being written, a temporary track written by Stallone’s brother Frank is used while the film is being edited. Someone suggests to the films director John G. Avildsen to replace the song with something else. Avildsen asks score composer Bill Conti if he can come up with something. Conti collaborates with lyric writers Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins, quickly completing the song. The final lyrics consist of only thirty words, but manages to perfectly capture the spirit and message conveyed in the film. Singers DeEtta Little (sister of actor Cleavon Little) and Nelson Pigford (co-writer of Barry White’s “It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me”) are brought in to sing the song. The huge popularity of the film generates demand for it to be released as a single, and is issued in February 1977 prior to the Academy Awards. Entering the Hot 100 at #84 on April 23, 1977, it climbs to the top of the chart ten weeks later. It is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song (though it loses to Barbra Streisand and Paul Williams’ “Evergreen (Love Theme From "A Star Is Born”), the film itself wins Best Picture. The theme becomes a pop cultural touchstone, being featured in numerous other films and television programs outside of the “Rocky” film franchise. The popularity of “Gonna Fly Now” propels the soundtrack album featuring Bill Conti’s score to #4 on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum. Conti goes on to score four more “Rocky” films over the years including the last in the series “Rocky Balboa” in 2006. “Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen photog…

Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen photographed by Herb Ritts for Vanity Fair (November 1985) 

Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen (198…

Sylvester Stallone and Brigitte Nielsen (1985-1987)