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20 years after “A Thousand Miles”, Vanessa Carlton’s melody is still everywhere


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

Rolling Stone calls it “arguably the most easily identifiable first three seconds of a song from the past two decades, and quite possibly the most instantly recognizable piano riff of all time”.

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.