Joey Scarburywas born on June 7, 1955 in Thousand Oaks, California. He was encouraged to sing by his mother so at the age of 14 he was spotted by a songwriter (Jimmy Webb’s father), and he was signed to a recording contract. His first release, She Never Smiles Anymore, was a flop so he found himself without a recording label. Joey is a contemporary singer and his greatest hit was, Believe it Or Not, which was the theme song for the television show, The Greatest American Hero. Joey did not give up after his first failure however. He sang backup for singers such as Loretta Lynn and sometimes she recorded his material. He had a minor chart single in 1971 called, Mixed Up Guy. For ten years he failed to succeed with any hits. After he started working for producer and composer, Mike Post, his success changed. Mike Post and Stephen Geyer were hired to write a song for the television series, The greatest American Hero, and Joey was chosen to record it. The extended version of the song made it to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1981. The record was released by Elektra records. Joey went on to release , When She Dances, and it reached number 49 on the charts. His success did not last long. He released the song, Back to Back, for the television show Hardcastle and McCormick. He also worked with Desiree Goyette to record, Flashbeagle, for the Peanuts special, It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown.
The track listing for Joey’s only album, America’s greatest Hero, is Theme from Greatest American hero (Believe It Or Not), Love Me Like the Last Time, Stolen Night, There Is A River, Everything But Love, Take This heart Of Mine, When She Dances, This Little Bit Of Us, Some Of My Old Friends, and Down the Backstairs (Of My Life).
Joey also recorded for the soundtrack of ER, The 40 Year Old Virgin, and Fahrenheit 9/11 Joey did not have many hits but he will still always be remembered for his hit, Believe It Or Not. There have been many artists that have not been very successful in their careers but many of them work behind the scenes and are still successful, just in a different career. Maybe their name is not up in lights but it takes many people to make a song or show successful and not everyone can have their picture or name on the Billboard. Joey will always be remembered by those were around when the television show, The Greatest American Hero was aired and some will forever remember the song which made Joey Scarbury famous.
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