"Nadia’s Theme" is a song written and composed by Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin, Jr. for the American soap opera TV show titled "The Young and The Restless".
"Nadia’s Theme" is featured as the main musical theme for the show and was initially supposed to be called "Cotton’s Dream" and was intended for the 1971 movie "Bless the Beasts and Children".
Released as an instrumental version for "Bless the Beasts and Children" and its soundtrack album by A&M Records, Botkin rearranged the song to be used for Y&R in 1973, at the soap opera’s debut. A confusion with Romanian athlete Nadia Comaneci has been created because of a montage released by ABC, making the song even more famous.
In 1976, because of the public’s interest in the song featured on ABC’s sport montage called "Wide World of Sports", A&M Record released a version similar to the original one, titling it "Nadia’s Theme" and becoming an instant hit. Getting commercial fame instantly, the song charted for over 5 months and reached as high as place eight on the Billboard Hot 100, in 1976.
Barry De Vorzon and Sounds of Sunshine released their album including the song in order to enjoy the fame from the song themselves.
Even if the initial version reworked by De Vorzon and Botkin was ready a long time ago, it was only available on CD since 2003, when the compilation "Hard to Find Orchestral Instrumentals II" was released.
Getting covered and reworked by many artists, such as Ronnie Aldrich, Ferrante & Teicher, Ray Conniff, James Galway, the orchestra of "The Lawrence Welk Show", David Hasselhoff and The Ventures, the song was also included in the video game "Aero the Acro-Bat" and used as an instrumental by Mary J. Blige.
A great song for a great TV show, "Nadia’s Theme" is one of the songs that became famous fast and was accepted by the wide audience, requesting it as a hard copy.
Now available as a piano sheet for free down below, this song awaits talented piano players to reinterpret it.
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