The Bagdad Cafe Movie Song = Calling you

This song Calling You is from the Bagdad Cafe movie back in 1987, a very unique and hypnotic.

We have many links to some amazing versions of this song.

 

Set in the Mojave Desert, this bittersweet delightful comedy brings together a German tourist and a black motel owner.

Initially wary of each other, the two become close friends and transform the rundown café/motel into the hottest magical nightspot this side of Las Vegas.

 

For many people they still remember this song many years after they saw the movie.

Jevetta Steele

Born and raised in Gary, Indiana, Steele eventually migrated to Minneapolis, Minnesota to become a criminal lawyer.[1] Steele later embarked upon a solo career within music and the stage. She also went on to be a member of gospel group The Steeles along with her sister Jearlyn and three brothers.

 

Calling You” is a song from the 1987 film, Bagdad Cafe. It was originally recorded by American R&B and gospel music singer Jevetta Steele. Bob Telson, the songwriter, also recorded his version. Both versions appeared on the movie soundtrack. The song was critically acclaimed and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 61st Academy Awards.

 

Bob Telson, the composer of The Gospel at Colonus, used Jevetta Steele as a singer for different soundtracks he worked on. A collaboration with Telson has become her most well-known lead vocal performance, on the 1988 Telson-penned song “Calling You” from the movie soundtrack of Bagdad Café. The song was nominated for an Academy Award. The song was released as Steele’s debut single and became a big airplay hit around Europe, as well as achieving top 10 positions in Sweden and in France, where she was especially successful. The success in France led to a recording contract there and in 1989 she released a follow-up single, again produced by Telson, titled “I Will Remember”, which failed to chart.

A desert road from Vegas to nowhere
Some place better than where you’ve been
A coffee machine that needs some fixing
In a little café just around the bend

[Chorus]
I am calling you
Can’t you hear me?
I am calling you

[Verse Two]
A hot dry wind blows right through me
The baby’s crying and I can’t sleep
But we both know a change is coming
Coming closer sweet release

[Chorus]
I am calling you
I know you hear me
I am calling you

I am calling you
I know you hear me
I am calling you

[Verse Three]
A desert road from vegas to nowhere
Some place better than where you’ve been
A coffee machine that needs some fixing
In a little café just around the bend

A hot dry wind blows right through me
The baby’s crying and I can’t sleep
And I can feel a change is coming
Coming closer sweet release

[Chorus]
I am calling you
Can’t you hear me?
I am calling you

Bob Telson sings Calling You (from Bagdad Cafe)

I wrote this song in 1987 for the movie Bagdad Cafe. The original version was sung by Jevetta Steele. In February 2016 Charles Dennis filmed me performing Calling You at Bar Lunatico, Brooklyn.

Song credits         Song: Calling You           Artist: Jevetta Steele            Album: Bagdad Cafe

 

Remastered Version with Fuller Sound

Calling You- Café Bagdad Orit Wolf- Piano Yonit Shaked Golan- Singer Yonnie Dror- Sax. Tel Aviv Museum of Art April, 2018 Big Mammas Concert www.oritwolf.com

On Calling you, taken from Bagdad Café, Renaud Capuçon is joined by the fantastic French pop singer Nolwenn Leroy. It’s a stunning new interpretation of this haunting song. https://wnrcl.me/cinema

Calling You · Barbra Streisand The Movie Album ℗ 2003 Background Vocal: Wendy Wagner Composer, Lyricist: Bob Telson Arranger, Producer: Robbie Buchanan Harmonica: William Gallison

Calling You (from the film Bagdad Cafe) (Live à l’Olympia, Paris, France – September 1994)

Céline Dion

 

Calling You · Natalie Cole Ask A Woman Who Knows ℗ 2002 UMG Recordings, Inc. Released on: 2002-01-01 Producer: Tommy LiPuma Associated Performer, Double Bass: Christian McBride Producer, Executive Producer: Natalie Cole Associated Performer, Drums: Jeff Hamilton Associated Performer, Piano: Terry Trotter Associated Performer, Guitar: Russell Malone Associated Performer, Keyboards: Rob Mounsey Associated Performer, Harmonica: Tollak Ollestad Composer Lyricist: Bob Telson

Calling You · Aoi Tejima · Bob Telson · Bob Telson · 笹子重治 The Rose~I Love Cinemas~ Released on: 2009-09-16

Calling You · May J.

Veronique Gilbert from Montréal (Qc)

Justyna Kelley

 
 

Final music scene of Bagdad Café (1987)

Lyrics : Brenda, Brenda You boys doin’ alright? What will it be tonight?

 

We got chili size, we got banana pies Brenda, Brenda Over easy two

You mean you want eggs?

 

Uh uh, we want you I want to live right here On the old Mohave Live my life in low gear you savvy And nothing’s so tragic cause it’s all about magic Take it away

 

Love saves the day When it’s showtime at the Bagdad Gas and Oil Cafe

 

When it’s showtime at the Bagdad Gas and Oil Cafe […] Try our

new desert it’s called the garden of delight

 

Give me a home where the coyotes howl

 

Where the weather is fair and the food is fowl

In a little truck stop just a mom no pop Operation Home on the gas range workin’

for the small change

 

If you’re feelin’ blue get a new tattoo So don’t you start shoving cause

life’s just a lovin’ Situation

Bagdad Cafe (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)

You have 3 choices of formats.

Audio CD, Vinyl and Audio Cassette.

You can listen to a short preview of all the songs from the Soundtrack.

On Discogs you can find the 48 different versions of the soundtrack.

Bagdad Cafe — The Story Written And Narrated By Percy Adlon (With The Following Background Music) 

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