Olivia Newton-John scores her only US No.1 in 1981 with “Physical”

It became the Australian singer signature song

Olivia Newton-John scores her only US No.1 in 1981 with “Physical”

Written by Steve Kipner and Terry Shaddick, who originally intended to offer it to British singer-songwriter Rod Stewart, “Physical” became Olvia’s biggest hit and her signature song, on November 21st 1981 the single peaked to No.1 in the Hot 100 and remained there for ten weeks. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and won the Billboard Award for Top Pop Single. The iconic music video for “Physical” features Newton-John, dressed in a tight leotard, as trying to make several overweight men healthy. She repeatedly tries to make the men lose weight, but they fail comically and she leaves the room to take a shower. When the men work out on their own, they suddenly transform into muscular, attractive men. A stylistic shot shows one muscular man glancing at his overweight self in a mirror. Newton-John is shocked when she returns to this, and starts to flirt with them. Two of the men secretly go out, holding hands, implying they are gay. This surprises Newton-John, as does the sight of two more of the men leaving with their arms around each other. Finally, she finds that the last of the overweight men is straight and they go off to play tennis together.

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