Corey Haim's Music Video Legacy: Michael Damian's 'Rock On'
Hollywood lost another troubled child star early Wednesday morning, as Corey Haim passed away at his home in Burbank, California. He was 38 years old. Haim made a name for himself as the star of a series of huge teen movies in the 1980s, including "Lucas," "License to Drive" and "The Lost Boys."
Perhaps Haim's most iconic performance came in 1989's "Dream a Little Dream," which also starred Piper Laurie, Jason Robards and friend and regular collaborator Corey Feldman. "Dream a Little Dream" also featured the hit single "Rock On" on its soundtrack, which was delivered by soap opera star Michael Damian and featured both Coreys in the music video. The track, originally written and released by David Essex in 1974, topped the Billboard Hot 100 for a week in 1989, sandwiched between Paula Abdul's "Forever Your Girl" and "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler. The clip quickly became an MTV staple.
Haim didn't appear in any other music videos in his career (though he appears in Lou Gramm's "Lost in the Shadows" and Gerard McMann's "Cry Little Sister" -- both tunes from the soundtrack to "The Lost Boys," it was only via film footage), but Haim was always a music enthusiast (he even talked about wanting to get into the music business and jammed on his wall of keyboards in this interview).
He was the subject of at least one musical tribute: Irish indie rock band the Thrills released a single called "Whatever Happened to Corey Haim?" back in 2004 (the first single from their album Let's Bottle Bohemia). The group even made a video for it.
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