Especially For You

NEWS: 30 Years Of ‘Especially For You’

Together: Thirty years and all the love we have for “Especially For You”

Today, thirty years ago, PWL Records released “Especially For You”, the duet between teen heartthrob Jason Donovan and his Neighbours co-star Kylie Minogue. PWL24 (the records issue code) came as Kylie was completing a momentous years in music, having released four chart topping singles and the year’s best selling album and Jason had launched his music career with “Nothing Can Divide Us” only three months earlier.

Kylie Jason Especially For You

What was not widely known at the time was that Jason and Kylie were actually dating one another and so the affection they afforded each other in the video and appearances on TV shows was actually genuine! 1988 had already been the most successful year year for hit songwriters and producers Stock Aitken Waterman with hits from Sinitta, Bananarama, Rick Astley and Hazell Dean as well as Kylie’s run of global chart hits and the success of her debut album, and the cherry on top of the pie came that Christmas with Jason and Kylie’s duet. It was PWL’s chance to claim the top spot on Christmas day, having come close the previous year with Rick Astley’s version of Nat ‘King’ Cole’s classic “When I Fall In Love”.

It didn’t happen for them, sadly, but copies of “Especially For You” flew off the shelves in record shops no sooner than it was put out. In the UK it entered the chart at No.2 and stayed there for four weeks throughout December, held off the top on Christmas day by Cliff Richard’s “Mistletoe And Wine”. However, with Christmas out of the way, support for Cliff’s yuletide anthem diminished rapidly and the first chart of 1989 saw Kylie and Jason take the top spot. They would remain there for three weeks before descending ‘gracefully’, spending a total of twelve weeks on the UK top 40 and selling, at the time, just over 900,000 copies. It became the 7th biggest seller of 1988 and the 29th biggest seller of 1989. On 12th December 2014 sales hit the one million mark and to date it is edging close to 1.1 million copies there, by far Jason’s biggest selling single and one of only two, million plus sellers for Kylie.

For chart fans, Its UK top 40 chart positions were:
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Across the other side of the world, “Especially For You” peaked at No.2 in Australia and New Zealand, the 17th and 14th biggest selling single of 1989 in those respective counties. It made the top ten in a further eleven countries across Europe including a chart topping placing in Ireland and on the Euro top 100 singles chart. To date “Especially For You” has sold well over three million copies globally.

It’s appeal and endurance was such that in 1998, TV presenters Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen, together with Steps, recorded the song for the BBC’s Children In Need charity and took it back into the charts reaching No.3 in the UK that November. And then there’s Kylie’s rendition of the song at this year’s Radio 2 festival of music in Hyde Park, London when Kylie performed the opening of the song, only to be joined on stage by Jason Donovan for an emotionally charged finale in front of a crowd of over 50,000 people, thirty years on and looking no different with the passage of events and time. They sang “together, together, I wanna show you my heart is oh-so true”. The crowd sang “and all the love we have is especially for you”! Timeless.

…and if you don’t like ballads, there’s always the B side, “All I Wanna Do Is Make You Mine”!

Stay in touch with Jason through his WEBSITE and his FACEBOOK page
Stay in touch with Kylie through her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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