Andrew Lloyd Webber shares ‘Superstar’ HD visual with Murray Head

Andrew Lloyd Webber has shared the HD music video for “Superstar”, featuring Murray Head. The track is taken from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit song Jesus Christ Superstar.

Before Jesus Chris Superstar was a hit musical, it was a concept album, with lead single “Superstar” becoming a huge hit. The track was released as a single in 1969, before the album was completed. This version was sung by Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers.

Last year, to mark the 50th anniversary from the 1970 concept double album, Jesus Christ Superstar, a variety of special edition albums were released. This landmark project, which included full cooperation from creators Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, features a range of exclusive demos, commentary, interviews and more.

In 1970, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber came out Jesus Christ Superstar as a double album concept. It became a huge worldwide bestseller, topping the US Billboard Top LPs chart in February and May 1971, as well as number one on the year-end chart. By 1983, the album had sold over 7 million copies worldwide.

However, the journey to international success was far from straightforward. As unknown names in musical theatre, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber couldn’t find a producer willing to stage their ambitious idea for a religiously themed rock opera. Eventually they persuaded MCA Records to let them record the score first. Using a full orchestra and with the exceptional talents of Ian Gillan, Murray Head, Yvonne Elliman and The Grease Band, they created a masterpiece that revolutionized the form of musical theatre.

Less than a year after its success on the charts, the stage productions of Jesus Christ Superstar began appearing worldwide, leading to record West End runs, a Hollywood blockbuster, Tony and Olivier Award nominations. Its influence and impact have not diminished: in 2018, NBC’s live production of the show, starring John Legend and Sara Bareilles, won Rice and Lloyd Webber an Emmy two of 16 people in history to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony).

Listen to the best of Jesus Christ Superstar playlist on Spotify.

Briana R. Cross