Need help with the song "Superstar"

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  1. Brian Perry

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    I was listening to an R&B station recently and there was a version of the song Superstar, which I know was a hit for The Carpenters (though I'm not sure if they wrote it or just covered it). Any idea who the artist is? (Amazon.com search wasn't much help as it yielded too many entries.)

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    Leon Russell and Bonnie Bramlett wrote it. Looks like CHER first recorded it, but apparently that was after her manager saw Bette Midler perform it on the Tonight Show. It's been recorded by hundreds of folks in every genre you can imagine. Did you hear Luther Vandross maybe? Wilson Pickett? Queen Latifa? Lauryn Hill?
     
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    LOL, everyone has recorded it
     
  6. Chuck L

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    It was more than likely the Vandross version that you have heard. Seems as of late, since his death, they are playing his songs again from earlier in his professional life. It's a nice version of the song...though...if this is even possible, seems to be even slower then The Carpenter's version (who I still think do it it the best).
     
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    Superstar was a #5 hit for Vandross on the Billboard "Black Singles" chart in 1983 (#87 Pop Chart) and since then it's been a staple of "Lite," "Soft Rock," & "Adult Contemorary" format radio stations.
    Midler's version is good too. I remember she performed it on a Burt Bacharach TV special early in her career. Too bad that's not on DVD-she also did Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy as a trio on that special.
     
  8. Brian Perry

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    Yep, it was the Luther Vandross version...thanks everyone!
     
  9. LarryDavenport

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    Sonic Youth does a great version of it.
     
  10. Russell G

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    Larry beat me to it! I LOVE Sonic Youth's cover! the video is great too, and you should check out "Song For Karen" as a great compliment to their cover (that video is pretty great too, with a wonderful DIY vibe too it!
     
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    Yup, another "beat me to it;" I love Sonic Youth's version. Very cool video on their latest music video dvd. They have always had this fascination with Karen Carpenter among others.
     

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