Billboard #1 Hits: #429: “Gonna Fly Now [ Theme From Rocky}- Bill Conti. July 2, 1977. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: “Gonna Fly Now” [ Theme From Rocky}- Bill Conti
- Record Company- United Artists
- Genre: Rock, Philly Soul
- Written by Bill Conti, Carol Connors, Ayn Robbins
- Time: 2:48
- Album- Rocky -Original Motion Picture Score
- Grade: A-
- Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #52 in UK Singles Chart.
The memory that immediately comes to mind when hearing “Gonna Fly Now”- isn’t from the movie but from my sophomore year in high school. 3rd period history class- it was late summer/ early fall and the high school football season was just under way and outside the schools band would be practicing. Since the weather was warm and the school had yet to have any air conditioning- the window was open and every morning we could hear the band outside practicing- ‘Gonna Fly Now”- for a few days it was fine but it seemed to go on daily for at least six weeks- over and over and over again. Love the first Rocky movie and I do like the theme- which is mostly instrumental. The song was nominated for an Academy Award for Original Song.