What the D. Russel, or the story of one Paradise song

Today the romantic "Paradise" is familiar even to the modern generation of music lovers, and the number of plays of this track on YouTube has long passed the 20 million mark! But not much is known about the performer herself, and some people don't know her name at all...

How "Paradise" Succeeded and Made Phoebe Cates the Favorite of the USSR

Many of the songs from the movies have become classic. For example - "Paradise."beautifully performed Phoebe Cates and a worthy adornment of the motion picture "Paradise.". This Canadian romantic adventure film by Stuart Gillard was loved in our country, largely because of the young beauty Cates. And because of the song, of course. And at first the single, like the film itself, was not a success.

Today the romantic "Paradise" is familiar even to the modern generation of music lovers, and the number of plays of this track on YouTube has long passed the mark 20 million! But not much is known about the singer, and some people don't know her name at all! The thing is that on the Russian compilations instead of Phoebe Cates there was a certain "D. Russel.". Where it came from, and how the fate of the beauty from "Paradise" turned out - about everything in today's article!

History and Lyrics

A still from the movie "Paradise
A still from the movie "Paradise

The mysterious "D. Russel", in part, did not come out of thin air. The song was written and produced by Л. Russell Brown and Joel Diamond. Apparently, the name of the performer listed on the domestic compilations was a hybrid of the names of the authors! But it was performed by a woman, and that is obvious... But who was she?

And the performer was the actress herself, Phoebe Cateswho made her screen debut in the film "Paradise." at the age of 19! It is worth adding that she originally dreamed of a career as a ballerina, but these plans were ruined by a knee injury. Thanks to the bright spectacular appearance Phoebe managed to declare himself in the modeling business, but this industry was too routine:

"It's too boring a business. Every day the same thing, the same thing... Eventually there came a point where I started working solely for the money, with no passion for the profession itself."

Phoebe Cates
Phoebe Cates

Her salvation came the day the director Stuart Gillard He paid attention to the young beauty and invited the main role in "Paradise. Without unnecessary deliberation, the girl agreed. That's where the story of the song, which became the main theme of the film, began. Despite her lack of experience, Phoebe performed "Paradise" quite decently. As for the lyrical stuffing, it's not hard to guess, about love - to match the plot of the movie:

"When I'm with you, it's heaven.
There is no place on earth that is as good as this.
Through the crystal waterfall
I hear your call..."

Phoebe Cates and Willie Ames
Phoebe Cates and Willie Ames

A little about the movie: its plot develops in the 1820ssomewhere on the way from Baghdad to Damascus. The main character of this adventure drama about love is Sarah (aka Phoebe Cates). I really liked the girl. To the JackalThe caravan was abandoned to a gang leader, who decided to buy her off for his harem. Having been refused - he and his "goons" attacked the caravan! In general - the main characters remain the survivors Sarah and David (Willie Ames), who wander from oasis to oasis in an attempt to escape from the Jackal who, time and again, stalks them... It is very poignant, and at the same time romantic The film, which, alas, was not a success. Critics compared it to "Blue Lagoon."and even called it a "Canadian parody" of one! Nevertheless, some viewers were delighted. This film shows Phoebe Cates in her prime, her dazzling screen debut and beautiful performance...

Casey Battaglia's Version

Casey Battaglia
Casey Battaglia

Both the film and the song themselves have somehow passed for a worldwide audience. inconspicuously - Only in Italy "Paradise" was appreciated, and that's probably because it was released as a single there. Later the saxophonist presented his instrumental cover Fausto Papetti. Perhaps that would have been the end of the track's story, but no. In 2001, the young singer Casey Battaglia gave it a second life!

Version 14-year-old The singer's single hit the charts on both sides of the Atlantic! It was especially appreciated in the UK, where the single reached the 11th line. By the way: whose version do you like better? Share your listening experience in the comments.

What happened to Phoebe Cates

Phoebe Cates Today
Phoebe Cates Today

Despite the fact that "Paradise" was a weak success, the debut was bright. Film Career Phoebe Cates She did quite well: she starred in a number of TV series, but the producers mostly emphasized her appearance. But come on - it would be strange if they didn't pay attention to such data.

Phoebe Cates as a youth
Phoebe Cates as a youth

Phoebe never became a singer, devoting herself to the screen, although as part of the comedy "Private School" once again shone vocal data - sang "Just One Touch." and "How Do I Let You Know".

Since 1989, Phoebe has been married to the actor By Kevin Kline. The couple has two children, and Cates herself has owned the Blue Tree boutique on Madison Avenue in New York City since 2005.

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