Tracey Ullman - Breakaway

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Tracey's first UK hit single reached the Top Five and launched a series of humorous video clips, several of which feature famous guest appearances.

"Breakaway" (spelled "Break-a-Way" on the original 45 RPM label, and spelled "Breakaway" on most subsequent releases and compilations) is a song written by Jackie DeShannon and Sharon Sheeley. It was originally recorded by Irma Thomas in 1964 and released as the B-Side of her biggest hit, the US #17 hit single "Wish Someone Would Care". (A demo version performed by DeShannon was also recorded but remained unreleased until a 1994 compilation).

The original version of "Breakaway" was never a hit—it did not make the Billboard Hot 100, nor the Bubbling Under charts, and the extensive chart archive at ARSA  records but a single instance of a radio station in North America placing the track on its playlist - WILS in Lansing MI. Nevertheless, "Breakaway" is today generally considered a better-remembered song than the A-Side of Thomas' record , a situation that may be partly due to Tracey Ullman's hit 1980s cover. It has become a staple in Thomas' live performances and appears on several recent Irma Thomas and "New Orleans music" compilations.

"Breakaway" was Tracey Ullman's 1983 debut single in the UK, and reached #4 in the UK charts. The track then appeared on Ullman's album You Broke My Heart In 17 Places, which was released in 1984.

In North America, "Breakaway" was actually Ullman's second single, being released after her hit "They Don't Know". It charted at a modest #70 in the US in 1984, although the video for Ullman's version received significant play on the then-fledgling MTV and Canada's MuchMusic.

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