The Late Olivia Newton-John’s Platinum-Certified Album Re-Released for her Birthday

(MANDATORY CREDIT Gutchie Kojima/Shinko Music/Getty Images) Olivia Newton-John performing on stage at the Budokan, Tokyo, Japan, October 1978. She performed there on 17th and 18th.
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Dame Olivia Newton-John was an icon, best known for her role as Sandy in the 1978 classic Grease and cult-classic Xanadu. Not only an actress, Newton-John was a talented singer, philanthropist, and seemed to be an all-around beautiful person. Just after her birthday, on Sept. 26, one of her top albums is getting re-released in honor of its 45th anniversary. The same year that Newton-John starred in Grease, she released the album Totally Hot, which contained 10 songs including “Gimme Some Lovin'” and “Borrowed Time.” It was her first album to become platinum-certified.

The album will be re-released in vinyl, CD, and digital platforms on Nov. 17 for the first time in decades. Totally Hot was a huge hit both because of Grease and because she embraced her pop sound along with her country ballad roots. Two of the songs on the album were big hit singles: “A Little More Love” and “Deeper Than the Night.” Click here to pre-order the album.

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In addition, Newton-John’s official YouTube page is celebrating her special day. Today (Sept. 26) at 2 p.m. ET, a premiere of never-before-seen footage from the full Only Olivia program will be live. A new music video for her song “Changes” created by filmmaker Maris Jones will premiere after Only Olivia and Olivia Newton-John x Cliff Richard: Over the Years. Be sure to subscribe here so you don’t miss it!

GREASE, from left: Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, 1978

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Newton-John dazzled audiences for over six decades before her death on August 8, 2022, from breast cancer. She battled cancer several times over the years, which led to her creating the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre (ONJCWRC) in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia. She was also a big proponent of plant medicine, including cannabis, to treat cancer and its various symptoms. She established the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund with her husband, John Easterling, to help raise money for global research into these plant medicine treatments.

SCORE: A HOCKEY MUSICAL, Olivia Newton-John, 2010

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Not only that, just about a year before she died, she released a very special single with her daughter Chloe Lattanzi called “Window in the Wall.” Their previous song, “You Have to Believe,” became the first mother/daughter duo to top the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. Beloved by her family, friends, and fans, Newton-John’s legacy is still as important as ever. May she continue to rest in peace.

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