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Physical is the eleventh studio album by British-Australian singer Olivia Newton-John, released through MCA Records on 13 October 1981. The album was produced and partly written by her long-time record producer John Farrar. Recorded and mixed at Ocean Way and David J. Holman's studio in Los Angeles, Physical became one of Newton-John's most controversial and sexual records, and her most successful studio album. Musically, the album features considerable use of synthesizers, and it explores lyrical themes such as love and relationships, sex, and environmental protection. Upon its release, the album received positive reviews from music critics, many of them considering it to be Newton-John's best effort. The album charted high in several countries, including the United States, Japan and Newton-John's native Australia, becoming one of the most successful albums of the early 1980s. It also ranks among the best-selling albums by Australian solo artists, selling more than ten million copies worldwide.

The album's title track was a commercial phenomenon, staying 10 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100, at the time tying the record set by Debby Boone's 1977 single "You Light Up My Life". The song and its music video were controversial, having been banned or edited by several radio stations and television channels (such as MTV) for its sexual references. The single was followed by "Make a Move on Me", another top-ten worldwide hit. "Landslide", which failed to enter the majority of musical charts but reached the top twenty in the United Kingdom, had a music video featuring Newton-John's boyfriend (and later husband) Matt Lattanzi. A video compilation, Olivia Physical, was produced, featuring music videos of all songs from the album. The material was a commercial and critical success, and earned Newton-John a Grammy Award for Video of the Year.

The album was promoted with Newton-John's 1982 North American Physical Tour, performances from which a home video entitled Olivia in Concert was produced. The Physical era marked the height of Newton-John's solo career, gaining her wide acclaim as one of the most successful female artists of the early 1980s.

Background and development

"If these new songs were offered to me a couple of years ago, maybe I wouldn't have attempted them and similarly some of the songs I sang a couple of years ago I wouldn't be interested in doing now. It's a matter of taste and changing. I still know my limitations and wouldn't attempt songs I couldn't do.
I'm not deliberately going after any audience. I'm doing what I like to do. I would have done a country song on Physical if I found one I really liked"[6]

—Newton-John talking about her music style change

In 1978, Newton-John starred as the female lead, "Sandy", in the musical film Grease, which was a worldwide blockbuster and had a best-selling soundtrack. Before the film, Newton-John was known for country pop and adult contemporary songs. Following the huge success of Grease, and inspired by her character's transformation from goody-goody "Sandy 1" to the sexy, spandex-clad "Sandy 2", she traded her previous musical styles for a sexier and more aggressive pop image. Later that same year, Newton-John released the studio album Totally Hot, and two years later, the Xanadu soundtrack (1980), both with a more pop-oriented style than in her past albums.[7] Physical was recorded and released in 1981, marking the longest gap between Newton-John studio albums at the time; from 1971 to 1978, she recorded at least one studio album per year. Newton-John feared that she could be overexposed with many works released in a short period.[6]

Physical followed Newton-John's new image, perceived as a more sexualized and mature record. It also marked her first studio album without any country tracks. The new music style generated some criticism from the country-music community and Newton-John's old fans. In a Billboard article, she said: "You might lose a few fans but you gain others. You have to do what's comfortable. [...] I've gotten the confidence to be more adventurous whereas in the past I didn't think it was time."[6]

The lead single "Physical" (originally "Let's Get Physical") was written by Terry Shaddick and Newton-John's longtime friend Steve Kipner, and initially was intended for a "macho male rock figure like Rod Stewart", according to Kipner. When Newton-John's then-manager Lee Kramer accidentally heard the demo, he immediately sent the song to her, but initially she didn't want to release the song because it was "too cheeky".[8] It was the first of several Newton-John releases written by Kipner. The songs "Recovery" and "Falling" had been originally featured on John Farrar's 1980 self-titled solo album, but were later remodeled for Physical.[9] The album's eighth track, "Carried Away", was written by Barry Gibb and Albhy Galuten for Barbra Streisand's Guilty album, but Streisand rejected the song, providing Newton-John the chance to record it.[10] The song's original demo, sung by Gibb, was released on The Guilty Demos, released through iTunes in 2006.[11]

Physical was the first Newton-John album to include environmentalism and animal rights themes. Tracks "Silvery Rain", written by The Shadows member Hank Marvin and released as single in 1971 by Cliff Richard,[12] and "The Promise (The Dolphin Song)", a Newton-John-penned song,[2] feature these themes. Newton-John also embraced ecological themes on later albums such as The Rumour and Gaia: One Woman's Journey.[13][14]

Physical's nature- and sensuality-themed photos were shot primarily in Honolulu, Hawaii by the famous American photographer Herb Ritts in the first half of 1981.[2] Newton-John also filmed the video for "The Promise (The Dolphin Song)" and some takes of Olivia Physical there. The album's cover ranks among the most popular and iconic photos of Newton-John, and as one of Ritts' most popular works.[15] The cover has been compared to that of Madonna's True Blue, also shot by Ritts.[16][17]


"As I've gotten older and my influences on music have expanded, I've gotten attracted to different styles"[6]

—Newton-John talking about the music style of Physical

Physical is among Newton-John's most diverse albums, and set her career in a totally different direction. The album was completely produced by Newton-John's longtime collaborator John Farrar,[2] who did a then-modern music production, which later became a musical trend during the 1980s. The songs feature mainly a pop rock sound,[5] with Newton-John singing more high notes than usual during her country pop era. The album contains widespread use of synthesizers, which made it one of Newton-John's most dance-pop-oriented recordings, especially on the songs "Landslide" and "Physical".[4] The vocoder background vocals made by John Farrar also were used, most notably on "Stranger's Touch" and "Recovery". The songs "Carried Away" and "Falling" have a more soft rock sound than Newton-John's past ballads, because of the more extensive use of guitars and synthesizers.

Lyrically, Physical explores themes relating to the behavior of humans and their relationship with the world around. The songs "Falling" and "Landslide" tell about falling in love and love at first sight. The lyrics of "The Promise (The Dolphin Song)" deal with the killing of dolphins for commercial gain, with sounds of the marine mammal in the background. "Carried Away"'s lyrics talk about a relationship breakup, and "Recovery" tells of a lonely woman who is recovering from a troubled relationship. "Silvery Rain" denounces the aerial application of pesticides. "Love Make Me Strong" tells about the power of love in the determination of a person. The songs "Physical" and "Make a Move on Me" have more sexualized lyrics, with some suggestive innuendos.[5]

Video album

Several scenes from Olivia Physical were shot in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Each song from Physical has its respective music video. All the music videos were filmed for the Physical video album, which was directed by Brian Grant. The recordings were made in late 1981, in London, Honolulu and Newton-John's home at Malibu, California. The songs "Hopelessly Devoted to You", "A Little More Love" and "Magic" (Newton-John hit singles from the 1978 soundtrack Grease, the studio album of the same year, Totally Hot, and the 1980 soundtrack Xanadu, respectively) also had new music videos filmed for the video album. Newton-John's then-boyfriend (now ex-husband) Matt Lattanzi participated for the "Landslide" music video.[18][19]

The video debuted on 8 February 1982 on ABC as Let's Get Physical, and boasted 35% of the United States viewing audience when its first aired. The home video version was released later as Olivia Physical, on VHS, betamax and laserdisc formats by MCA Home Video. The television version has little differences from the home video version. The television version features video interludes starring Olivia, introducing some music videos, and the home video version features the music videos for "Love Make Me Strong" and "Falling".[18][20][21]

The video was a critical and commercial success, being a Billboard top charting music video for many weeks in 1981,[22] earning a Grammy Award for Video of the Year and a nomination for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program.[23]


The album promotion was made throughout 1981–82, and included several appearances across the world. In the United States, Newton-John performed on the music television series Solid Gold (performing "Physical" and "Make a Move on Me")[24][25] and at the award show of American Music Awards of 1982 (performing "Make a Move on Me").[26] She was interviewed on the television shows Good Morning America and The Merv Griffin Show (with the special guests John Travolta, The Carpenters and Rick Springfield).[27][28] Additionally, Newton-John hosted the seventh season finale of Saturday Night Live, performing "Physical", "Make a Move on Me" and "Landslide".

Newton-John also made performances and interviews to television programs in Japan,[29] Brazil,[30] South Africa (which was controversial because some verses of "Physical" were banned in the country),[31] Venezuela[32] and several countries of Europe. In Canada, the album was promoted in Vic Tanny's health clubs, which offered Physical-thematized club passes and discounts on the album purchase in Capitol-EMI's Mr. Sound stores.[33] At the 24th Grammy Awards, Olivia presented the Record of the Year category, together with Lionel Richie.[34]


"Physical" was released as the album lead single on 28 September 1981 by MCA Records.[35] The single is the most successful solo hit of Olivia's career, and became her fifth and final number one single on the Billboard Hot 100. "Physical" stayed for 10 weeks on the top of Hot 100, from 21 November 1981 through 23 January 1982. It was the largest permanence at the time, becoming the most successful song on the Billboard in the 1980s. It was also her tenth and final Nember One single in the Netherlands, where she had the most chart-topping singles; there, it stayed on top for seven weeks.[36][37] The song and music video (which was recorded in a gym, with several men working out) were very controversial due to the implied sexual content, being innovative and provocative for the time.[37][38] It was received positively by critics, with most of them calling it "good-naturedly sexy" and "an eighties gem".[4][5] It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.[39]

"Make a Move on Me" was released as the album's second single in early 1982. The song is one of more dance singles released by Newton-John and also was very well received by music critics, especially in Sweden, where it was a Number One single. The music video was recorded in the same nightclub that the videos "Stranger's Touch", "Love Make Me Strong" and "Magic" were filmed.[18] It was a worldwide top 10 hit, peaking at five on the Billboard Hot 100.[36] "Landslide" was released as the third and final single from the album. Although it did not achieve the same success as the previous singles, it reached the top 20 on the UK Singles Chart (where it was the second single, and "Make a Move on Me" the third and last single).[40] The song was not performed on the Physical Tour.


The Physical Tour visited several stadiums and arenas across North America, including the Exhibition Stadium, in Toronto.

The Physical Tour to promote Physical was the fifth concert tour by Newton-John. The tour was announced in July 1982 and began in August of the same year. It was Olivia's first tour in four years, since Totally Hot World Tour and visited only the North American countries United States and Canada.[41] The tour had 64 shows through 40 cities, with a total attendance of 562,428 people.[42][43] Newton-John friends John Travolta and Karen Carpenter attended some concerts. Jazz musician Tom Scott was the musical director and also served as opening act.[44]

The show consisted of four costume changes and three videos: for introduction, interlude and end credits. The encore consisted of the title song "Physical" (with Newton-John doing aerobic exercises and jumping rope through the performance) and "I Honestly Love You". The tour had generally positive reviews from critics, who praised Newton-John vocal performances and her ability to entertain the audience.[44][45]

Two concerts in Ogden, Utah (the state where "Physical" was banned by two local radio stations[46]) were filmed for a television special (titled as Olivia: Live in Concert) and a home video release, as Olivia in Concert.[47][48] The video was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video.[49] It was the last concert tour by Newton-John for sixteen years (she originally said that would be her last tour[41]), until The Main Event Tour, in 1998.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone[50]

Physical received generally positive reviews from music critics, many stating that was the best album by Newton-John at the time.[4][50] Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic, in a retrospective review written decades after the album's release, gave the album four and a half out of five stars, writing that "Physical was a damn good record, in many ways one of Olivia Newton-John's very best". He further explained "[The album] skillfully balances catchy yet mellow dance cuts with immaculately crafted adult contemporary pop and ballads".[4] Stephen Holden, in a review for Rolling Stone, said that Physical was "Newton-John's best album to date" and "a perfect aural milkshake from the Farrah Fawcett of rock". Holse also contemplated the Farrar's production, calling "a dazzling pop-rock bubblegum production".[50] The album "Picks and Pans" review published by People also was positive, stating that "This LP impressively completes the transformation that began with her 1979 [sic] album Totally Hot and has turned Newton-John into a much more aggressive, spirited and entertaining singer" and "This is mainly a pop-rock album, though, and it is a first-class production: danceable, listenable and beguiling".[5]


The Physical era received three Grammy Award nominations. The song "Physical" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female and the video Olivia Physical won a Grammy Award for Video of the Year at the 25th Grammy Awards. Olivia in Concert, the video recording of the Physical Tour, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Video Album at the 26th Grammy Awards. Newton-John won her fourth American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist at the 10th American Music Awards, making her the biggest winner on that category (tied with Whitney Houston).[39][49] In 1981, at the time of Physical release, Newton-John was honoured with a Hollywood Walk of Fame, for her work in the music industry.[51]

Commercial performance

In the United States, Physical debuted at number sixty-eight and peaked at number six on the Billboard 200, making it the sixth album by Newton-John to reach the top 10 on this chart (and the last, to date).[36] According to Billboard, it was the highest peak for a female singer album in 1982 (tied with Stevie Nicks' Bella Donna).[52] This is Newton-John's only album which entered the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, peaking at thirty-two.[36] At the 1982 Billboard Year-End, Newton-John appears as the fourth most successful pop artist and Physical as the fifteenth best-selling album of the year. For his work with Newton-John, John Farrar was the pop producer of the year.[52] On 12 October 1984, Physical was certified two times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipment of over two million units.[53]

In Canada the album debuted at thirty-seven on the RPM Albums Chart.[54] On 30 January 1982 the album reached its peak, the third position.[55] Physical was the twelfth best-selling album of the country in 1982 (and the best-selling by a solo female singer).[56] The album was certified four times platinum by Canadian Recording Industry Association (now Music Canada) for shipment of 400,000 copies.[57] On the UK Album Charts the album peaked at number eleven, making the best position for a Newton-John studio album to date.[40] Physical was certified gold by British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on 2 April 1982 (100,000 copies shipped).[1] The album also peaked at top 10 on several charts across the Europe.[58] In Australia (Olivia's native country), Physical peaked at number three on the Kent Music Report albums chart and was one of the 25 best-selling albums of the year.[59] Worldwide the album has sold more than ten million copies.[60]


Physical was re-released by MCA Records on 25 October 1990.[61] The album was available on cassette and CD formats, without its original booklet. In 1998, the album was re-released in a new digitally remastered edition in Australia by Festival Records, along with many other albums of Newton-John discography.[62] Physical also was re-released on 2 February 2012 in Japan by Universal Music Group. It is available only on a SHM-SACD remastered edition, and also as a part of the 2010 box set 40th Anniversary Collection, which was released to celebrate forty years of Newton-John's musical career (the box also contains other re-released albums from her MCA era).[63][64] Olivia Physical's music videos were re-released on Video Gold 2005 DVD compilation.[65] The live recording Olivia in Concert was re-released on VHS in 1992, and also had a DVD version released in a few Asian countries (there are also several bootleg versions released by small distributors).[66][67]

On 24 September 2021, Newton-John's official website announced that a deluxe edition of the album would be released on the next October 22, by Primary Wave. The 2xCD deluxe edition features the fully remastered original album, her original tracks from Olivia's Greatest Hits Vol. 2 and Two of a Kind, "Face to Face", as well as alternate versions and B-sides. It also includes a DVD with Physical's video album and Olivia in Concert. The vinyl version will not be available until May 2022. In addition to standard black vinyl, it will be offered in four different colored vinyl variants at Target, Walmart, Amazon, and Urban Outfitters, respectively. Each will contain an identical poster, with the exception of Target's edition, which will have its own exclusive poster design.[68]

Legacy and controversies

Newton-John was one of the first artists to invest in music videos. The 1978 album Totally Hot was her first one to feature videos accompanying all the singles from the album, but they were very simple, being primarily composed of Newton-John singing in the studio. The music videos of the songs of Physical are more complex, and were one of the firsts to present a plot line, and not just a video of the artist performing the song. According with Olivia Physical video album director, Brian Grant, Newton-John's record company and management were reluctant about the project at the first moment: "I suppose there was a little nervousness at first. But, [Olivia] got us out here because she liked what we had done [...]".[69] Newton-John herself was a supporter of the music video industry, as she commented in a Billboard article about the Olivia Physical production:

"I think this is the way albums will go in the future: visuals with the music. I got to be a different personality and play another side of myself."[6]

The record company also was afraid of the public and media feedback about the themes featured on Olivia Physical, especially these included in the music video made for the title track. The music video of "Physical" is considered very innovative, with a simple, but cohesive plot, and several sexual innuendos (including homosexual contexts) which also are featured in the song.[38] The music video was a great success and helped the single to be one of the biggest commercial phenomenons of the early 1980s, but also attracted several controversies.[37] After receiving numerous complaints, two Utah local radio stations (Provo's KFMY-FM and Salt Lake City's KSL-FM) banned the song from its playlists. According to a station's program manager "The lyrics are more suggestive than most songs. It goes the one additional step".[46] These weren't the only radio stations which banned the song from its playlists. Several adult contemporary radios (many with Mormon affiliations[46]) across the North America also banned the single, causing a lower peak at number twenty-nine on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart. Newton-John usually has a large audience on the adult contemporary radios (she has eight #1's on the U.S. AC chart), but the loss was rewarded with the massive audience that "Physical" had on the pop radios, which are listened by a more younger audience. Later she recovered the adult contemporary audience with the next single, "Make a Move on Me", which peaked at six on the U.S. AC chart. MTV originally cut the music video ending, because "the beefcakes surrounding Newton-John turned out to be gay".[38]

"Physical" also caused controversies in South Africa. In 1982, Newton-John performed at the Bophuthatswana's Sun City Super Bowl and the special appearance was recorded by South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). When Olivia was performing the single, the transmission was withdrawn without explanation, but later was reinstated, omitting the verses "There's nothing left to talk about" / "Unless it's horizontally". According to Billboard, the "committee of moral" of South Africa under apartheid had always employed a policy of restricting airplay on certain material considered "offensive".[31] About all the controversies over the song and its music video, Newton-John stated:

"Five years ago I would have died over a controversy like this. But now I just think it's foolish of them to take it so seriously."[70]

According to Stephen Thomas Erlewine: "'Physical' became such a monster hit – not just a hit, but a pop-culture phenomenon that was impossible to escape – that it became difficult to view its accompanying album as anything other than a conduit for the single".[4] Since its release, Physical has been a very remarkable piece of 1980s culture, and has received numerous tributes and citations in several media.[71] The "Physical" performances and its music video popularized the fitness clothing that turned to be a popular fashion style in and out of health clubs, being used by several other artists like Madonna and Kylie Minogue.[72] Among the programs who have already made reference to Physical are Late Night with David Letterman (on the pilot episode),[71] Sesame Street,[73] Glee (with Newton-John as a special guest), The Office[71] and The Simpsons.[74]

Track listing

All songs produced by John Farrar, except where noted.

Side one
1."Landslide"John Farrar4:27
2."Stranger's Touch"3:49
3."Make a Move on Me"
5."Love Make Me Strong"
Side two
  • Kipner
  • Terry Shaddick
7."Silvery Rain"Hank Marvin3:39
8."Carried Away"3:42
  • Farrar
  • Tom Snow
10."The Promise (The Dolphin Song)"Olivia Newton-John4:32
Total length:38:23
2010 remastered edition – Bonus tracks
11."Heart Attack"
  • Paul Bliss
  • Kipner
12."Tied Up"4:21
Total length:45:45
2021 deluxe edition– Disc one
11."Landslide" (edited version)  4:03
12."Heart Attack"  3:09
13."Tied Up" (edited version)  4:13
14."Twist of Fate"David Foster3:44
15."(Livin' in) Desperate Times"
  • Barry Alfonso
  • Tom Snow
16."Take a Chance" (with John Travolta)
Total length:59:00
2021 deluxe edition– Disc two
1."Tied Up"  4:29
2."Shaking You"Foster4:16
3."Face to Face" (with Barry Gibb)
  • Barry Gibb
  • Karl Richardson
4."Physical" (long version)  7:05
5."Falling" (video mix)  3:47
6."Carried Away" (alternate mix)  3:46
7."Twist of Fate" (alternate mix)  3:45
8."(Livin' in) Desperate Times" (soundtrack version)  4:13
9."Twist of Fate" (extended version/fade)  5:25
10."(Livin' in) Desperate Times" (alternate soundtrack version)  4:03
11."Twist of Fate" (extended version/cold ending)  5:34
12."(Livin' in) Desperate Times" (extended version)  6:41
13."(Livin' in) Desperate Times" (Humberto's alternate mix)  4:47
14."Jolene" (live)Dolly Parton 3:35
15."Physical" (live/extended version)  7:31
Total length:70:32


Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[2]


Certifications and sales

Certifications and sales for Physical
RegionCertificationCertified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[59]Platinum150,000[93]
Canada (Music Canada)[57]4× Platinum400,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[95]Gold10,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[97]Gold7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[1]Gold100,000^
United States (RIAA)[53]2× Platinum2,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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Olivia Newton-John (2012)

Olivia Newton-John, AC, DBE (* 26. September 1948 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire; † 8. August 2022 im Santa Ynez Valley, Kalifornien[1]) war eine britisch-australische Sängerin, Songwriterin, Schauspielerin und Brustkrebs-Aktivistin.[2][3] Die vierfache Grammy-Preisträgerin zählte zu den größten Stars der 1970er und frühen 1980er Jahre.

Im Laufe ihrer langen Karriere vollzog sie etliche Stilwechsel (Country, Folk, Pop, Disco etc.) und änderte auch ihr Image und Aussehen häufig. Sie hat mehr als 100 Millionen Tonträger verkauft, damit zählt sie zu den Interpreten mit den meisten verkauften Tonträgern weltweit.[4] Ihre erfolgreichste Veröffentlichung ist das Soundtrack-Album Grease zum gleichnamigen Film mit ihr und John Travolta in den Hauptrollen, das mehr als 38 Millionen Einheiten verkaufte.[5]


Frühe Jahre

Olivia Newton-John wurde 1948 im englischen Cambridge als jüngstes von drei Kindern geboren. Ihr Vater Brinley Newton-John (1914–1992) stammte aus Wales und war Deutschlehrer in Cambridge und Melbourne. Während des Zweiten Weltkriegs war er Offizier im Security Service gewesen. Ihre Mutter Irene Born (1914–2003) war die Tochter des deutschen Nobelpreisträgers und Mitbegründers der Quantenphysik Max Born. Als Newton-John sechs Jahre alt war, zog die Familie nach Australien, wo ihr Vater an einem College unterrichtete und in der Verwaltung tätig war.[6]

Sie zeigte schon als Kind eine große Begeisterung für das Singen. Mit zwölf Jahren gewann sie einen Wettbewerb, in dem es darum ging, möglichst so auszusehen wie der Kinder-Star Hayley Mills. In der Schule gründete sie eine Girlgroup namens Sol Four. Mit 17 Jahren hatte sie einen Auftritt in dem Film Funny Things Happen Down Under mit dem Lied Christmas Time Down Under. Mit dem Mitdarsteller Ian „Turps“ Turpie, der später selbst eine bedeutende Erscheinung der australischen Fernsehszene werden sollte, hatte sie eine Beziehung.[7] Kurze Zeit später nahm sie an einer Talent-Show teil und gewann als ersten Preis eine Reise nach England. Dort erhielt sie einen Plattenvertrag bei Decca und veröffentlichte 1966 ihre erste Single Till You Say You’ll Be Mine. Mit diesem Lied und auch in der folgenden Zusammenarbeit im Duo mit der Australierin Pat Carroll, mit der sie auch in Londons Raymond Revuebar auftrat, konnte Newton-John allerdings noch keine nennenswerten Erfolge verbuchen.

Ihre Liebesbeziehung mit Bruce Welch von den Shadows und ihr Mitwirken in der Band Toomorrow – eine britische Antwort auf die Monkees – und einem gleichnamigen Film sowie die Zusammenarbeit mit Cliff Richard brachten ihre Karriere ab 1970 voran. Sie pflegte den Kontakt zu Pat Carroll, deren Mann John Farrar der Gitarrist der Shadows und über Jahre als ihr Produzent maßgeblich an Newton-Johns Erfolg beteiligt war. 1971 produzierte Farrar mit Bruce Welch für sie die Bob-Dylan-Komposition If Not for You als Single, die auf Anhieb ein Top-10-Hit in den britischen Singlecharts wurde. Auch in den USA stieg der Song bis in die Top 20.

Musikalisch bot Newton-John in dieser Zeit eine Mischung aus Folk und typischem 70er-Jahre-Pop, mit einer deutlichen Hinwendung zu Balladen. Das alte Country-Traditional Banks of the Ohio war noch im selben Jahr auch ihr erster Hit in Deutschland (Platz 13) und belegte Platz eins in ihrer Heimat Australien. Erfolgreiche Coverversionen von George Harrison (What Is Life, 1972) und John Denver (Take Me Home, Country Roads, 1973) ließen die Erfolgskurve weiter ansteigen.

Internationale Erfolge als Sängerin

Im Herbst 1973 begann ihre große Zeit in den USA: Let Me Be There verkaufte sich rund eine Million Mal, ebenso wie die folgenden Hits If You Love Me, Let Me Know, Have You Never Been Mellow und Please Mr. Please (1975). Ihre Alben erreichen ebenfalls Millionenauflagen, ihre Konzerte waren ausverkauft und die Auszeichnungen häuften sich. Die Ballade I Honestly Love You erhielt bei der Grammy-Verleihung 1975 die Auszeichnungen „Record of the Year“ und „Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female“. Bereits im Jahr zuvor war sie mit dem Preis „Best Country Vocal Performance, Female“ (für Let Me Be There) ausgezeichnet worden – eine Tatsache, die große Kontroversen auslöste. Nashville akzeptierte die Sängerin nämlich nicht als Country-Künstlerin, und als 1974 auch der begehrte CMA-Award an Newton-John für die beste Sängerin des Jahres ging, gründeten Country-Puristen die Association of Country Entertainers zum Schutz der Country-Musik. 1974 vertrat Newton-John Großbritannien beim Eurovision Song Contest und wurde mit dem Song Long Live Love Viertplatzierte.


Olivia Newton-John, 1978

In Europa hatte sie zur selben Zeit weitaus weniger Erfolg. Ihre Mischung aus Country und Folk-Pop vermochte sich kommerziell nicht durchzusetzen. Das änderte sich erst 1978, als sie das Angebot annahm, mit John Travolta in der Musical-Verfilmung Grease zu spielen. Der Film wurde ein Welterfolg. Der Soundtrack (vorrangig mit Rock-’n’-Roll- und Doo-Wop-Songs bestückt) wurde ebenfalls ein Millionenerfolg; die Singles You’re the One That I Want und Summer Nights mit Travolta sowie ihr Solostück Hopelessly Devoted to You platzierten sich monatelang in den internationalen Charts.


1980 hatte Newton-John mit Xanadu, einem weiteren Musical-Film, zumindest im Kino einen Flop. An der Seite der Musical-Legende Gene Kelly in seinem letzten Film und des Newcomers Michael Beck wurde Newton-John fast einhellig von der Kritik verrissen. Auch das Publikum reagierte distanziert auf die Melange aus Liebesfilm und Roller-Disco-Veranstaltung. Der Soundtrack, der zusammen mit der Gruppe Electric Light Orchestra aufgenommen worden war, verkaufte sich dagegen ausgezeichnet. In den USA stand die Single Magic wochenlang auf Platz eins, während Newton-John in Europa mit dem Titelsong Xanadu die Charts anführte. In dieser Zeit feierte sie außerdem Erfolge mit Duetten: Suddenly mit Cliff Richard und I Can’t Help It mit Andy Gibb.


Ende 1981 stand sie mit Physical zehn Wochen auf Platz eins der US-Single-Charts, die damit die am längsten auf Platz eins platzierte Single der 1980er Jahre war – und das trotz vereinzelten Radio-Boykotts, da vielen der latent sexuelle Text zu gewagt erschien. Das dazugehörige Album gleichen Titels vollendete das neue Image von Olivia Newton-John, die nun für Lust und gegen Umweltverschmutzung sang. Das Video zum Song wurde mit dem Grammy ausgezeichnet.

Bis 1983 hatte sie regelmäßig Hits (Heart Attack, 1982 und Twist of Fate, 1983) in den Charts; ein weiterer Film an der Seite von John Travolta (Two of a KindZwei vom gleichen Schlag) blieb erfolglos. Physical wurde von der US-amerikanischen Musikzeitschrift Billboard zum „Sexiest Song of All Times“ gekürt (Textauszug: I took you to an intimate restaurant, then to a suggestive movie/ There’s nothing left to talk about unless it’s horizontally).[8]

Auftritte und Aufzeichnungen in Deutschland

Nach ihrem Karrierestart in den frühen 1970er Jahren nahm sie zwei ihrer Hits auch in deutscher Sprache auf: Unten am Fluss, der Ohio heißt und Long Live Love. Da Deutschland zu einem der größten Musikindustriemärkte zählt, war die Sängerin auch hin und wieder zu Gast in der Heimat ihrer Mutter. 1971 trat sie im Vorprogramm von Cliff Richard in Frankfurt auf. 1971 und 1972 war sie zu Gast in Ilja Richters Disco und 1978 nach dem Welterfolg des Musikfilms Grease kam sie während ihrer Totally-Hot-Welttournee auch nach Hamburg, um im CCH-Kongresszentrum ihr einziges Konzert in Deutschland zu geben. 1981 trat sie zweimal im Musikladen von Manfred Sexauer auf, um ihr Album Physical zu promoten. Von 1978 bis 1982 gewann sie in der Kategorie „beste Sängerin des Jahres“ und „beste Schauspielerin des Jahres“ mehrere Gold-, Silber- und Bronzepreise der Jugendzeitschriften Bravo und Pop/Rocky .

Nach den großen Erfolgen

Olivia Newton-John, 1989
Olivia Newton-John bei einem Konzert mit Guy Sebastian, 2008

1985 brachte sie mit Soul Kiss ihr erstes Studioalbum seit Physical auf den Markt, konnte aber mit der Mischung aus Dance-Pop und Balladen nicht den großen Erfolg des Vorgängers wiederholen. Die Single Soul Kiss erreichte die Top 20 der US-Charts. Auch das 1988er Album The Rumour, der Titelsong stammt von Elton John, war kein großer Erfolg. Mehr als zuvor hatte sie sich auf diesem Album auch kompositorisch eingebracht.

In den folgenden Jahren kümmerte sie sich intensiv um ihre Familie und brachte 1989 das Kinderlieder-Album Warm and Tender heraus. 1992 begann sie an ihrem Comeback zu arbeiten, unter anderem mit einer Best-of-Veröffentlichung, einer Zusammenarbeit mit dem Produzenten Giorgio Moroder (I Need Love) und einer geplanten Welttournee. In dieser Zeit starb ihr Vater, und bei Olivia Newton-John wurde Brustkrebs diagnostiziert. Die Geschichte ihrer Genesung verarbeitete sie 1994 auf dem Album Gaia – One Woman’s Journey, das besonders in Australien erfolgreich war. Es war die erste Independent-Veröffentlichung der Künstlerin, nachdem ihr langjähriger Vertrag mit MCA 1988 ausgelaufen war, und weitere Verträge mit Geffen Records und Mercury Records nicht den erhofften Erfolg gebracht hatten.

Zudem ging Newton-John verstärkt an die Öffentlichkeit, um von ihrer Krebserkrankung zu berichten. Viele Benefiz-Projekte schlossen sich an. „Der 1992 bei mir diagnostizierte Brustkrebs hat meine Einstellung für immer verändert“, sagte sie 2008 in einem Interview mit dem Guardian. Sie nannte ihre Brustamputation „eine sehr emotionale Sache“, die aber physisch „kein großes Ding“ gewesen sei. „Eine Menge Frauen drehen durch, wenn sie eine Brust verlieren oder die Operation durchstehen müssen, weil es so viel von dem ausmacht, was sie sind“, sagte Newton-John. „Aber ich habe immer gesagt, dass man nicht die Summe seiner Brüste ist.“[9]

Das Album Back with a Heart aus dem Jahr 1998 war nicht nur ein Comeback in den Charts, sondern auch eine Rückkehr zur Country-Musik und nach Nashville. Fast zeitgleich kam auch Grease wieder in die Kinos und wurde abermals ein Erfolg. Der Soundtrack war ohnehin immer noch ein Bestseller – nicht zuletzt, weil das Musical ständig auf internationalen Bühnen gespielt wurde. Newton-John tourte nun regelmäßig durch die USA, veröffentlichte neue Platten und war auch gelegentlich wieder in Filmen zu sehen. Das in Australien mit Doppel-Platin ausgezeichnete Album 2 aus dem Jahr 2002 enthält Duette mit diversen Künstlern, vorrangig aus Australien. Im Oktober 2004 erschien das Album Indigo: Women of Song, auf dem sie bekannte Standards interpretiert. 2010 nahm sie mit Elaine Paige das Duett Amoureuse für deren Album Elaine Paige and Friends auf.

Newton-John war Inhaberin der Handelskette Koala Blue, mit der sie seit 1983 in Kooperation mit ihrer alten Freundin Pat Carroll weltweit Produkte aus Australien vertrieb. Die Firma, die zwischenzeitlich bis zu 62 Filialen in fünf Ländern betrieb, meldete 1991 Insolvenz an. Heute wird nur der Markenname in Lizenz vertrieben. Zwischen April 2014 und Dezember 2016 hatte Newton-John unter dem Titel Summer Nights eine eigene Show im Flamingo Las Vegas.

Im September 2018 erschien ihre Autobiografie Don’t Stop Believin’ in Australien. Mit dem deutschen Titel Hör nie auf zu träumen: Die lang erwartete Autobiografie wurden ihre Memoiren im Hannibal Verlag im Mai 2019 publiziert. Zu Neujahr 2020 wurde Newton-John durch Königin Elisabeth II. als Dame Commander des Order of the British Empire in den persönlichen Adelsstand erhoben.

Erneute Brustkrebserkrankung und Tod

Im Mai 2017 sagte Newton-John eine Konzerttour wegen ausgeprägter Rückenschmerzen ab. Wenig später gab sie bekannt, dass bei ihr Brustkrebs-Metastasen in der Wirbelsäule diagnostiziert worden seien und dass sie sich deswegen einer Strahlentherapie unterziehen werde.[10] Im selben Jahr trat sie auch gemeinsam mit ihrer Tochter Chloe Lattanzi (* 1986), die in Oregon gewerblich mit dem Anbau von Marihuana befasst ist, im Fernsehfilm Sharknado 5: Global Swarming auf.[11] Im September 2018 wurde öffentlich, dass Newton-John ein erneutes Rezidiv ihres Brustkrebses erlitten hatte.[12] Im Januar 2019 widersprach sie Gerüchten verschiedener Medien über ihren baldigen Tod.[13]

Olivia Newton-John starb im August 2022 im Alter von 73 Jahren an den Folgen der Krebserkrankung in Kalifornien. Nach ihrem Tod wurde bekannt, dass sie in Australien ein Staatsbegräbnis erhalten würde.[14] Dieses fand am 26. Februar 2023 in der Hamer Hall in Melbourne statt.[15]


Von 1984 bis 1996 war Newton-John mit dem Tänzer Matt Lattanzi verheiratet, den sie bei den Dreharbeiten zu dem Film Xanadu kennengelernt hatte. 1986 wurde die gemeinsame Tochter Chloe Lattanzi geboren. Danach lebte sie mit dem Kameramann Patrick McDermott zusammen. Im August 2005 wurde bekannt, dass der damals 48-Jährige seit Juni vermisst wurde. Er hatte den Hafen von San Pedro an der kalifornischen Küste per Boot zu einem Angelausflug verlassen. Seither gab es zahlreiche Sichtungen, wenngleich Beweise ausstehen. Ab Juni 2008 war Olivia Newton-John mit dem Geschäftsmann John Easterling verheiratet.

Auszeichnungen (Auswahl)

Staatliche Auszeichnungen


  • 1973: Beste Country-Sängerin
  • 1974: Beste Pop-Sängerin
  • 1974: Beste Platte des Jahres (I Honestly Love You)
  • 1982: Bestes Video (Physical)

American Music Awards

  • 1973: Bestes Country-Album (Let Me be There)
  • 1974: Beste Sängerin – Pop/Rock
  • 1974: Beste Sängerin einer Country-Single (I Honestly Love You)
  • 1974: Beste Sängerin – Country
  • 1975: Beste Sängerin – Country
  • 1975: Beste Sängerin – Pop/Rock
  • 1975: Bestes Pop/Rock-Album (Have You Never Been Mellow)
  • 1976: Beste Sängerin – Pop/Rock
  • 1983: Beste Sängerin – Pop/Rock


  • 1974: 1. Preis für LPs and Singles
  • 1975: Beste Sängerin einer Country-Single
  • 1975: Beste Sängerin eines Country-Albums
  • 1975: Beste Sängerin einer Pop-Single
  • 1975: Beste Sängerin eines Pop-Albums
  • 1982: Beste Sängerin des Jahres
  • 1982: Single des Jahres (Physical)
  • 1982: Beste Sängerin - Single des Jahres

People’s Choice Award

  • 1974: Beste Sängerin
  • 1976: Beste Sängerin
  • 1979: Beste Sängerin
  • 1979: Beste Schauspielerin

Andere Auszeichnungen

  • 1981: Stern auf dem Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • 1982: Scotty Award
  • 1989: Business Woman of the year (Association of Woman Business Owners) [Koala Blue]
  • 1998: Cadillac Concept Humanitarian Award
  • 1999: Daytime Emmy (Love Is a Gift)
  • 1999: Red Cross Humanitarian Award
  • 1999: Women’s Guild of Cedar-Sinai Woman of the 21st Century Award
  • 2000: Environmental Media Association, Ermenegildo Zegna International Environmental Award
  • 2002: ARIA Hall of Fame[16]
  • 2006: Lifetime Achievement Award (Australia Day)
  • 2007: Lifetime Achievement Award (Amerikanische Australia Association)
  • 2007: Valor Award (Kimmel Cancer Center, Philadelphia USA)
  • 2008: Angel Award (Project Angel Food, Los Angeles)
  • 2010: Radio Regenbogen Charity & Entertainment Award 2009 (Karlsruhe)[17]



JahrTitelHöchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungenTemplate:Charttabelle/Wartung/ohne Quellen
(Jahr, Titel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
1971If Not for YouUS158
(4 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 1. November 1971
Erstveröffentlichung: 11. August 1972
1973Music Makes My Day
(US-Titel: Let Me Be There)
(3 Wo.)UK

(20 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 20. März 1973
1974Long Live LoveUK40
(2 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: Februar 1974
1975Have You Never Been MellowUK37
(2 Wo.)UK

(31 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 12. Februar 1975
Clearly LoveUS12

(22 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 30. September 1975
1976Come On OverUK49
(4 Wo.)UK

(24 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 29. Februar 1976
Don’t Stop Believin’US30

(28 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 30. Oktober 1976
1977Making a Good Thing BetterUK60
(1 Wo.)UK
(16 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 3. November 1977
1978Totally HotUK30

(14 Wo.)UK

(39 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 22. November 1978
(19 Wo.)DE

(22 Wo.)UK

(57 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 13. Oktober 1981
1985Soul KissDE54
(3 Wo.)DE
(3 Wo.)UK

(16 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 25. Oktober 1985
1988The RumourUS67
(9 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 2. August 1988
1989Warm and TenderUS124
(13 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 9. September 1989
1994Gaia: One Woman’s JourneyUK33
(4 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: 26. Juli 1994
1998Back with a HeartUS59
(6 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 12. Mai 1998
2000’Tis the Season
Erstveröffentlichung: 1. September 2000
mit Vince Gill feat. The London Symphony Orchestra
Erstveröffentlichung: 12. November 2002
2004Indigo: Women of SongUK27
(3 Wo.)UK
Erstveröffentlichung: 17. Oktober 2004
2005Stronger Than Before
Erstveröffentlichung: 1. September 2005
2006Grace and Gratitude
Erstveröffentlichung: 25. August 2006
2007Christmas WishUS187
(1 Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 1. Oktober 2007
2008A Celebration in Song
Erstveröffentlichung: 3. Juni 2008
2012This Christmas
Erstveröffentlichung: 9. November 2012
mit John Travolta
2016Liv On
Erstveröffentlichung: 7. Oktober 2016
mit Amy Sky & Beth Nielsen Chapman
Friends for Christmas
Erstveröffentlichung: 11. November 2016
mit John Farnham

grau schraffiert: keine Chartdaten aus diesem Jahr verfügbar

Filme/Fernsehserien (Auswahl)

Literatur (Auswahl)


Commons: Olivia Newton-John – Sammlung von Bildern, Videos und Audiodateien


  1. Mike Barnes, Mike Barnes: Olivia Newton-John, Australian Songstress and ‘Grease’ Star, Dies at 73. In: The Hollywood Reporter. 8. August 2022, abgerufen am 9. August 2022 (amerikanisches Englisch).
  2. Dame Olivia Newton-John. Abgerufen am 9. August 2022.
  3. Olivia Newton-John reveals she has breast cancer again. In: BBC News. 30. Mai 2017 (bbc.com [abgerufen am 9. August 2022]).
  4. Michael Lallo: Talking Heads with Olivia Newton-John ABC1, 6.30pm. The Age, 13. Juli 2009, abgerufen am 4. November 2017 (englisch).
  5. Tampa Publishing Company: 'Grease' prequel will reveal details of Sandy and Danny's 'Summer Nights'. Abgerufen am 8. Juli 2021 (englisch).
  6. Jim Farber: Olivia Newton-John, Pop Singer and ‘Grease’ Star, Dies at 73. In: nytimes.com, 8. August 2022, abgerufen am 10. August 2022.
  7. Olivia Newton-John: Ian Turpie was my first true love. Abgerufen am 9. August 2022 (englisch).
  8. Billboard-Liste der 50 Sexiest Songs of All Times
  9. Barbara Barkhausen: Star aus „Grease“: Olivia Newton-John veröffentlicht Krebsdiagnose. In: welt.de. 31. Mai 2017, abgerufen am 7. Oktober 2018.
  10. http://www.olivianewton-john.com/June2017ConcertsPostponed.html
  11. Olivia Newton-John’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi says plastic surgery left her ‘looking mutilated’, News Corp Australia Network, 7. März 2017.
  12. Olivia Newton-John reveals she’s battling cancer for the third time. news.com.au, 10. September 2018, abgerufen am 11. September 2018 (englisch).
  13. Olivia Newton-John dementiert Gerüchte: „Mir geht es sehr gut“
  14. n-tv NACHRICHTEN: Olivia Newton-John bekommt ein Staatsbegräbnis. Abgerufen am 12. August 2022.
  15. The Age: "‘Supernatural’ and ‘magic’ Olivia Newton-John farewelled at memorial", vom 26. Februar 2023, abgerufen am 30. Juni 2023
  16. ARIA Hall of Fame. Australian Recording Industry Association, abgerufen am 6. August 2017 (englisch).
  17. Olivia Newton-John erhält von Radio Regenbogen den Ehrenaward Charity und Entertainment 2009 (abgerufen am 2. April 2010)

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