There was ANOTHER version of Midnight Blue?
Ludwig van Beethoven in the '80s? His musical genius is so timeless it's no surprise that Ludwig V pops up in the '80s, so roll over Beethoven and explore today's curiosity Midnight Blue by Louise Tucker.
Many of us '80s kids remember getting down and funky with Walter Murphy's discofied A Fifth of Beethoven that hit No. 1 in 1976, but the '80s saw several nods to Beethoven starting with Midnight Blue by Louise Tucker. Tucker is a opera singer and together with Charlie Skarbek they borrowed the melody from Beethoven's Sonata Pathetique to create Midnight Blue - not to be confused with two other Top 10 Midnight Blues - Lou Gramm's from 1987 or Melissa Manchester's from 1977.
If you think a song by an opera singer wouldn't cut it in the '80s, you underestimate 1983 - probably the most eclectic year ever in pop music - as Tucker's version almost hit the Top 40, peaking at No. 46. The video for Midnight Blue is murky with capes and castles and Tucker supplying the powerhouse voice to a synth beat. In some countries like France, Midnight Blue was a number one hit. In some countries like her native England, it barely made a ripple, but it is reported that Midnight Blue sold over seven million copies worldwide during its two-year release period in '82-'83.
Midnight Blue would not be the only '80s pop song to borrow Beethoven's Sonata Pathetique as Billy Joel fans will instantly recognize the melody from This Night off his An Innocent Man album from 1983.
Midnight Blue would be Tucker's last foray into pop music as she went on to concentrate on opera singing and teaching until she and Skarbek teamed up to release new material in 2012 including a new version of Midnight Blue.