Show Business: Hollywood Catches the Rock Beat

Sound tracks have become the key to orchestrating a box-office hit

Like the war whoops and thundering hoofbeats that always preceded the Indians in old westerns, Paramount's new hit musical Footloose was heard well before it was seen. The title song, performed by Kenny Loggins, was sent to radio stations six weeks before the movie opened. A second single from the movie, Shalamar's Dancing in the Sheets, was released three weeks later, and a third, Bonnie Tyler's Holding Out for Hero, a week after that. The sound-track album and a promotional video also came...

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