SARAH (song)

Sara (Starship song)

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Released December 17, 1985
7″ single 12″ single cassette single
Recorded 1985
Genre Pop rock, soft rock
Length 4:53 (Album Version)
4:18 (Edited Version)
Label Grunt
Writer(s) Peter Wolf (music), Ina Wolf (music and lyrics)
Producer(s) Peter Wolf, Jeremy Smith

“Sara” is a song recorded by the American rock band Starship which reached number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on March 15, 1986. It was sung only by Mickey Thomas, of the newly renamed band Starship, from their first album Knee Deep in the Hoopla; for this single, Grace Slick only provided the backing vocals.

The recording became one of the best-selling singles of 1986 in North America, meanwhile in Europe and Australia it received poor reception, especially in the United Kingdom. The song debuted at number 39 on January 18, 1986 and stayed at the top position for one week. It was the band’s second number-one hit after the song “We Built This City” hit the mark a few months earlier in 1985. It also became the band’s first number-one song on the adult contemporary chart, where it remained for three weeks. Although written by Peter and Ina Wolf, the song was named for Thomas’s wife at the time, Sara (née Kendrick).

The music video for “Sara” prominently features actress Rebecca De Mornay and Thomas in a storyline about a relationship ending, on a Dust Bowl farm in the midwest, with frequent flashbacks to what is presumably Thomas’s character’s childhood and the tornado that wrecked his home.