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80's and 90's 12 Inch Mixes

Deniece Williams – Let’s Hear It For The Boy (US 12″ Promo)

Posted by DjPaulT on June 8th, 2012


“Let’s Hear It for the Boy” is the second number-one song for both Deniece Williams and the soundtrack to the feature film, Footloose. It climbed to number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1984, as well as number one on the dance and R&B charts, and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song, was certified platinum in the US, gold in Canada and silver in the UK by the RIAA, Music Canada and the British Phonographic Industry respectively.

SPECIAL NOTE: This 12″ promo contains the “Dance Remix Edit” mixed by John “Jellybean” Benitez. This particular edit is exclusive to the US 12″ promo only. The standard 12″ single contains the “Instrumental” as the b-side which I have added as a bonus track.


Let’s Hear It For The Boy (Extended Dance Remix) 6:00

Let’s Hear It For The Boy (Dance Remix Edit) 3:34
Let’s Hear It For The Boy (Instrumental) 4:13

Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint


Year Single Chart Position
1984 Let’s Hear It For The Boy U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #1
1984 Let’s Hear It For The Boy U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles #1
1984 Let’s Hear It For The Boy U.S. Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play #1


Label: Columbia – AS 1838
Format: Vinyl, 12″, Promo, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul, Pop
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Engineer – Michael Hutchinson
Mixed By – John “Jellybean” Benitez
Producer – George Duke
Written-By – D. Pitchford*, T. Snow*

From the Paramount Picture “Footloose.”
“Let’s Hear It For The Boy (Dance Remix Edit)” is exclusive to this 12″ promo.

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
Playlist Creator

All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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14 Responses to “Deniece Williams – Let’s Hear It For The Boy (US 12″ Promo)”

  1. Patrick Says:

    Always loved this song, great job, thanks Paul


    DjPaulT Reply:

    you’re welcome Patrick.


  2. woz Says:

    Even though I’ve heard it a million times, I still love this song like the first time I heard it! I can’t seem to get sick of it. It could be that it conjures up the excellent dancing montage from the movie with Kevin Bacon and Chris Penn 🙂

    Thanks a million for the mixes, Paul! 8)


    DjPaulT Reply:

    you’re welcome Woz 🙂


  3. Chwee Says:

    The percussion, the bass (listen to that soft thump!), the synthesiser/keyboard – all made this song so listenable then and now. Gosh I DO mis 1984!! Thanks Paul for the gem, once again. ~ Chwee


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree with all you said Chwee. Have a great weekend 🙂


  4. musicdivaSF Says:

    Let’s hear it for the boy.. woot! Thank you Dj PaulT for this post.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    MusivdivaSF you’re welcome. Have a great weekend 🙂


  5. Dan Says:

    This song brings back great memories for me of 1984. I was a junior in high school and pop music was actually enjoyable to listen to (unlike today). Never heard the extended version before, but I like it alot! Thanks for another great trip down Memory Lane, Paul!

    Also #1 for 2 weeks in Cashbox, by the way!


    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Dan. Thanks for the Cashbox info too 🙂


  6. ric Says:

    Paul, you’re letting loose all these 80s gems, and we are lapping them up!
    I have the commercial 12″, but never knew there was a Jellybean Edit. How exciting! Thanks!
    Arguably my favourite soundtrack album from the ’80s, with 6 Billboard Top 40 Singles! Don’t know if the record has been broken today with the digital download era, but I think it was a record at that time. Saturday Night Fever only managed five.


    DjPaulT Reply:

    I agree with you Ric. One of the best OST’s of the 80’s! Ofcourse I am partial to the “Xanadu” soundtrack it had some hits but not as massive as “Footloose” 🙂


    Dan Reply:

    Actually, the “Xanadu” soundtrack came close and produced five Top 40 hits, “Magic”, “Xanadu”, “All Over The World”, “I’m Alive” and “Suddenly”. The first two were top 10’s, and the “Magic” single spent one more week at #1 than the “Footloose” single. I guess the “Xanadu” soundtrack gets overlooked because the movie itself was so critically panned.


  7. Spring Says:

    Oh, how do you know Paul that at this time, I was fascinated by this wonderful singer’s creativity? I began to collect her albums. And here you are with this great single! Thank you very much! 🙂


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