Stevie Nicks turned it down…and it became the #1 single of 1980…
“Call Me” by Blondie spent six weeks at #1 in the spring of 1980…reaching the top on this day in 1980. It’s the #14 movie song of all time and the most successful of the 11 different songs all entitled “Call Me.” Georgio Moroder, who helped make Donna Summer the Queen of Disco with his producing and song-writing skills for her, co-wrote “Call Me” along with Deborah Harry of Blondie.
Harry wrote the lyrics after Nicks turned down the song and Moroder had difficulties with getting the lyrics to make sense in English. “His lyrics suffered from his language change,” Harry told Fred Bronson “He had a strange title for the song. Something like ‘Machine Man’ or “Metal Man.’ It had to do with a man being a mechanical lover. You know, he was on call, so to speak.”
After seeing an unfinished version of the movie it would come from, “American Gigolo,” Harry went home and once she got there, she wrote the lyrics. “Call Me” was Blondie’s second #1 hit. About a year earlier, the group hit the chart jackpot with “Heart Of Glass.” Later on, Blondie would have #1 hits in 1981 with “The Tide Is High” and “Rapture.”
Moroder also produced “Call Me.” Mike Chapman was Blondie’s producer on “Heart Of Glass.” Chapman’s held the unique distinction of having produced four #1’s by four different acts in a calendar year. In addItion to Blondie with “Heart Of Glass,” the other #1 acts were Exile (“Kiss You All Over”), Nick Gilder (“Hot Child In The City”) and the Knack (“My Sharona”).