Ask Terry Crews, who can thank him for his big break.
Vanessa Carlton’s debut single – released 20 years ago on February 12, 2002 – was an undeniable hit.
Now, after 1,000 and 20, here are some more “By the Numbers” facts about the distinctive earworm, whose enduring trajectory somehow touches ’60s pop, ’70s rock, and “America’s Got Talent.” .
Prior to its release as a single, “A Thousand Miles (Interlude)” was included in “Legally Blonde”.
Five: No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Australian charts
The tune reached No. 1 on the Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts, and hit hard around the world.
Three: Grammy nominations
The tune had the misfortune of running into Norah Jones and lost Record of the Year and Song of the Year to “Don’t Know Why”. He was also in the running for the best instrumental arrangement accompanying the singer(s).
Three times the song appears in the movie “White Chicks”
The 2004 comedy starred Shawn and Marlon Wayans, but it gave actor-host Crews the stardom catalyst he needed. “How did you know? I love this song!” he says excitedly when one of the main characters plays him mockingly.
One: The rock music luminaries who officiated Carlton’s wedding
On December 27, 2013, Carlton married Stevie Nicks.
June 25, 2019: Carlton’s Broadway debut date
Although she never repeated the resounding success of her first hit, Carlton continued to record – and even made it the Great White Way as Carole King in the musical ‘Beautiful’.
Three: seconds in the piano introduction
Unknown: Number of possible inspirations for the song
Carlton says she wrote the song for a now-famous movie actor, whose name or even gender she won’t reveal.