Song of the Week: “Calling You” – Jevetta Steele

2 Apr

In 1987, director Percy Adlon released his film Bagdad Café, about the unlikely friendship between a stranded German tourist (played by Marianne Sägebrecht) and the unhappy manager (CCH Pounder) of a rundown, roadstop motel in the desert outside of Las Vegas. (There was a spin-off TV series a few years later, starring Jean Stapleton and Whoopi Goldberg.)

I enjoyed the film well enough, but was utterly entranced by the primary soundtrack tune, “Calling You,” sung by Jevetta Steele and written by Bob Telson. It’s used repeatedly in the movie, often over desert images of arid, windswept beauty. Even 25 years later, it carries the same haunting quality.

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