Before 'One Shining Moment' in 1987 FingerLakes1.com Posted Thursday, March 28, 2013 @ 12:53 pm
When Syracuse and Indiana met for the 1987 NCAA Championship game in New Orleans, the Hoosiers would claim the title on one of the most memorable shots in tournament history. Keith Smart's game winner was the perfect prelude to CBS Sports first ever "One Shining Moment" montage of tournament highlights set to music, written by David Barrett, to close out their telecast and the college basketball season.
1987 was indeed the debut of the popular end-of-season feature, CBS gave the concept a shot on 1986 as well after Louisville defeated Duke for the title. The problem is, they chose Barbra Streisand's "Being Alive" as the song to compliment the highlights...
I think most would agree that CBS made the right move making a musical change for 1987 and beyong...
Barrett was the original artist (1987-1993, 2000-2002), but CBS has also broadcast remakes by Teddy Pendergrass (1994–1999) and Luther Vandross (2003–2009, 2011–). It is believed to be the last song Vandross recorded before his stroke and subsequent death. A version by Jennifer Hudson was used for the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The format of the Hudson video deviated from prior years by cutting away from the tournament highlight montage on several occasions to show footage of Hudson singing with a recording studio backdrop, drawing criticism from some fans and viewers.
Here's the original that debuted after Indiana defeated Syracuse in 1987: