Back to the 80s: 2 Great Songs connected to Rosanna Arquette – Kickin’ it Old School

It is actress Rosanna Arquette‘s 51st birthday Rosanna Arquettethis week (August 10, 2010). In the 80s, she had roles in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Silverado (1985), Nobody’s Fool (1986) and New York Stories (1989). In 1994, she would also have a small role in one of my very favorite movies, Pulp Fiction. None of that seems to be enough to pay that much attention to her here at Kickin’ it Old School. That would be true if she was not also connected to TWO outstanding songs from the 80s.

Arquette briefly dated Steve Porcaro who was the keyboardist and original member of the band Toto. During that time, the band had written the 1982 hit song eventually titled “Rosanna.” RosannaNow this song is not actually ABOUT Rosanna Arquette. It was written by band-member David Paich and was already finished and needed a girl’s name that fit well into the chorus. Arquette had been around a lot during their recording sessions, so they tried her name and it stuck.

The song peaked at #2 for five straight weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. At the 1983 Grammy’s, “Rosanna” would be nominated for Song of the Year and would win Record of the Year. The song ranks very highly on my popular Top 80s Songs with Girl Names in the Title list. The video would not feature Arquette, but would star dancer Cynthia Rhodes. If you watch closely, you will also see a young Patrick Swayze as one of the male dancers. Here’s the video for “Rosanna” by Toto

After her second marriage ended in divorce in 1986, Soshe rekindled a romance and moved in with none other than Peter Gabriel. He released his outstanding album So in 1986 and that album included three of his most successful singles. The first two are “Sledgehammer” and “Big Time” which were immediate pop successes reaching #1 and #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 respectively. The other song is “In Your Eyes” which would have moderate success at first, but would not become a true hit until it was used in one of the most iconic movie scenes of all time in the 1989 film Say Anything. It ranks in the top spot of my Top Songs from 80s Movies list. Here’s a short clip of the scene with John Cusack’s “Lloyd Dobler” holding a boombox over his head…

It is widely believed that “In Your Eyes” was written about Rosanna Arquette. Can you imagine having an amazing song like that written about you? In 2005, after 19 years of accumulated sales, the song brought Gabriel surprisingly his first Gold single (certified after selling at least 500,000 copies). It is easily one of my favorite songs of all time. Here’s the music video for “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel

Rosanna Arquette is the sister of actors Richmond, Alexis, David and Patricia Arquette. Through her brother David, she is the sister-in-law of actress Coutney Cox and through her sister Patricia she is the former sister-in-law of actor Nicholas Cage. After her mother died of it in 1997, she promotes Breast Cancer Awareness. She continues to act and more recently has expanded into directing and producing as well.Desperately Seeking Susan

In the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan, Madonna’s character says to Rosanna Arquette’s character, “Wouldn’t you just give anything in the world to be me for ten minutes?” Most people would love to be Madonna for ten minutes, but I bet most people would also love to have two amazing songs like “In Your Eyes” and “Rosanna” connected to them, too. On top of that, yep, you guessed it, it happened back in the 80s.

That’ll wrap up this short issue of Kickin’ it Old School. Thanks as always for reading. If you are interested in reading any of my other 80s related issues, please click there for a summary of those. You can also always click on the Archives in the upper left hand column or use the Google Search Box at the top of the right hand column to find any other issues you may have missed. If you are a fan of Kickin’ it, PLEASE CLICK ON THE FACEBOOK LOGO in the upper right hand column. This will take you to the Fan Page where I ask you to then click on the “Like” button. Even if you are not a Facebook member yet, please consider joining and registering as a fan at that page. You can also follow Old School on Twitter by clicking on the FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER LOGO also in the upper right hand column. This will take you the page and you can just click on the box that says “Follow”. I am sending daily 80s tweets, so sign up to get those. Let other 80s fans know about it as well! Peace and much love.

Check this out: Not surprising, I have always been a fan of the 1984 film Revenge of the Nerds. I have also usually been a fan of the Fox television series Family Guy. Here the two come together in a funny tribute to the Tri Lambs talent show performance…

Quote of the day: “Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dated believe something inside themselves was superior to circumstances.” -Bruce Barton

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  1. “In Your Eyes” is the song I want played at my funeral, assuming anyone throws one. It IS my favorite song and has been since the first time I heard it.

  2. Interesting. I’ll bet it is tough to have once been in the limelight, have songs and videos written about you, to hobnob with the rich and famous, and then to move back into reality. What do you do for an encore in life? I’d like to see a picture of this woman and her life, now. Is she still alive, and is she happy? I think I probably know the answer.

  3. That song “Rosanna” always reminds me of high school. They played it all the time during lunch. (and now it’s stuck in my head!)

  4. I always apreciated Rosanna and Madonna’a add in support of The Great Peace March, the one Charlton Heston went after them for.

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