On this day in music history: May 8, 1982 - “Chariots Of Fire - Titles” by Vangelis hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 5 weeks on April 3, 1982. Written and produced by Evangelos Papathanassiou (aka Vangelis), it is the biggest hit for the Greek musician and composer. The theme song to the Academy Award winning film about two British athletes training for the 1924 Olympics in Paris, the composer will be chosen by the film’s director Hugh Hudson to score the film. Vangelis will take a unique approach when performing the score, with all of the music will be performed by him alone on an acoustic piano, combined with synthesizers, only augmented by a choir on one track. Released as a single in late 1981, Entering the Hot 100 at #94 on December 12, 1981, it will begin a long and slow climb up the US pop singles chart, finally reaching the top of the chart twenty weeks later. Vangelis will win an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score for the music he composed for the film. The critical and commercial success of the film will turn the Greek composer’s majestic and unconventional film score into a surprise pop hit, with the soundtrack album spending four weeks at number one on the Top 200 beginning on April 17, 1982, and being certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.