Chariots of Fire, a British dramatic film released in 1981, tells the true story of two British runners who brought glory to their country in the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.
Greek composer and keyboardist Vangelis wrote the theme and the soundtrack for the movie. His score won an Academy Award.
Vangelis died this week in France of an undisclosed illness at the age of 79.
Forty (40) years ago this month his single from the movie went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Its uplifting piano motif became world-renowned, and the music became synonymous with slow-motion sporting montages. “My music does not try to evoke emotions like joy, love, or pain from the audience. It just goes with the image, because I work in the moment,” he later explained.
From the Panathenean Stadium in Athens, Greece, the Opening Ceremony of the 6th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in 1997…