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Sunday, April 10, 2022

Daily Boom 80's Throwback: Boy Meets Girl - 'Waiting for a Star to Fall'

"I hear your name whispered on the wind

It's a sound that makes me cry
I hear a song blow again and again
Through my mind and I don't know why

I wish I didn't feel so strong about you

Like happiness and love revolve around you
Trying to catch your heart
Is like trying to catch a star

So many people love you baby

That must be what you are"

The video to Boy Meets Girl's "Waiting For a Star to Fall" was on tv this morning and while it's not a song that I often think of, it's one that drags me back to a point in time. This was one of those songs that you couldn't escape during the summer of 1988. It was on in the car. On in the grocery store. On in the mall. And, that was a good thing because it just made your life a bit better whenever you heard it. Great melody, great lyrics written and performed by a then-happily married couple. It was all good and whenever I heard the song I wanted a little piece of that "all good-ness".

The story behind "Waiting For a Star to Fall" is interesting because Shannon Rubicam and George Merrill originally wrote it and submitted it to Whitney Houston's people. They passed on it but Belinda Carlisle's people grabbed it up and literally made her record it. She hated the song and fought hard to keep it off of her album.

At that point, Rubicam and Merrill decided to record it themselves and then added it to their second Boy Meets Girl album. The result? A smash hit and the group's ONLY hit so in the end, they must have been glad that no one else ended up using their song.

Check out the video below. The little blonde girl is actually Rubicam and Merrill's daughter!