Superstar – Colleen Hewett

Australian Charts:
Superstar peaked at no 31 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 14 August 1971.

Hewett started her solo music career in 1970, appearing regularly on TV pop music series, Bandstand. She signed with Festival Records and her debut single, which was a cover version of Delaney and Bonnie’s track, “Super Star” was released in June 1971.

In 1971 Colleen recorded her debut single, a superb cover of the Leon Russell-Delaney Bramlett song “Superstar”. This song has a facinating history – it was originally recorded under the title “Groupie” by Delaney & Bonnie, but it was released as the B-side of their single “Comin’ Home” in 1969 and did not become a hit. It became well-known thanks to Joe Cocker’s landmark “Mad Dogs and Englishmen” tour in 1970 because backing singer Rita Coolidge sang it during the show. In August 1970, Bette Midler performed it on the Johnny Carson Tonight Show and Cher recorded a version released in late 1970, but it was Colleen’s Australian recording that first became a hit.
Colleen’s soaring performance captures the heartbreaking quality of the piece and it is arguably far superior to Karen Carpenter’s rather muted take on the song, released well after Colleen’s version had become a Top 40 hit all over Australia.


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