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Why didn't anybody want to record 'Waiting For a Star to Fall?'

Published Sep. 15, 2017

Friday's feel-good song is Waiting for a Star to Fall by Boy Meets Girl. It came up on YouTube this morning while I was listening to a much-needed binge of softer pop by the British band Breathe, but that has nothing to do with today's tale.

Turns out Waiting for a Star to Fall was inspired by an actual falling star that songwriter Shannon Rubicam (greatest name ever) witnessed during a Whitney Houston concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Rubicam and songwriting partner (later husband) George Merrill penned the tune and offered to Whitney Houston's camp for her to record. (Makes sense, right? And you can totally hear her singing it!) Sadly, they rejected it. It's an odd turn of events since the songwriters had already given Whitney two of her biggest hits - How Will I Know? and I Wanna Dance with Somebody.

"It was a big night for us. There we are in a crowd of 8,000 people standing on their feet cheering to one of our songs," Merrill would later explain to

"It was cool," Rubicam added. "At the end I looked up at the sky - because it was a clear night, the stars were out - and a star just shot across the sky just right through the middle of the dome. I just quickly jotted down a line, 'Waiting for a star to fall,' and stuffed it back in my purse. As we were driving home, I told George about it, and said, 'I think I'll write a lyric around that.' "

Fast forward and the song was offered next to Belinda Carlisle for her Heaven on Earth album. Buzzzz! She turned it down too. (Granted, I find it harder to imagine her rendition).

The duo decided to record it themselves and put it on Boy Meets Girl's second album, Reel Life. Released as a single on June 10, 1988, Waiting for a Star To Fall would hit No. 1 on the adult contemporary charts. It can also be heard during the closing credits of 1990's Three Men and a Little Lady.


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