John Williams composed the theme for the Olympiad, “Olympic Fanfare and Theme”. This piece won a Grammy for Williams and became one of the most well-known musical themes of the Olympic Games, along with Leo Arnaud’s “Bugler’s Dream”; the latter is sometimes attached to the beginning of Olympic Fanfare and Theme. Composer Bill Conti also wrote a song to inspire the weightlifters called “Power”. An album, The Official Music of the XXIII Olympiad—Los Angeles 1984, featured three of those tracks along with sports themes written for the occasion by popular musical artists including Foreigner, Toto, Loverboy, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Christopher Cross, Philip Glass and Giorgio Moroder. The album was released on Columbia Records and the catalogue number was BJS 39322. The Brazilian composer Sérgio Mendes also composed a special song for the 1984 Olympic Games, “Olympia,” from his 1984 album Confetti. A choir of approximately one thousand voices was assembled of singers in the region. All were volunteers from nearby churches, schools and universities. Etta James performed the National Anthem of the United States at the Opening Ceremony.
Vicki McClure along with the International Children’s Choir of Long Beach sang “Reach Out and Touch”. Lionel Richie performed a 9 minute version of his hit single “All Night Long” at the closing ceremonies.
|1||Bugler’s Dream (From Charge Suite)||Leo Arnaud; Felix Slatkin|
|2||Nothing’s Gonna Stop You Now (Team Sports Theme)||Loverboy|
|3||Reach Out (Track Theme)||Giorgio Moroder; Paul Engemann|
|4||Courtship (Basketball Theme)||Bob James|
|5||A Chance For Heaven (Swimming Theme)||Christopher Cross|
|6||Moodido (The Match) (Boxing Theme)||Toto|
|7||Olympic Fanfare And Theme||John Williams|
|8||Grace (Gymnastics Theme)||Quincy Jones|
|9||Power (Power Sports Theme)||Bill Conti|
|10||Street Thunder (Marathon Theme)||Foreigner|
|11||Junku (Field Theme)||Herbie Hancock|
|12||The Olympian – Lighting Of The Torch||Philip Glass|
06 Toto – Moodido (The Match) (Boxing Theme)
1984 The Official Music Of The 1984 Games