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Paul Jabara
Jabara at the premiere of The Rose in 1979
Paul Frederick Jabara

(1948-01-31)January 31, 1948
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedSeptember 29, 1992(1992-09-29) (aged 44)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation(s)Actor, singer, songwriter
Years active1960s-1992
Known for"Last Dance," "It's Raining Men" Edit this at Wikidata

Paul Frederick Jabara (January 31, 1948 – September 29, 1992), was an American actor, singer, and songwriter. He was born to a Lebanese family[1] in Brooklyn, New York.[2] He wrote Donna Summer's Oscar-winning "Last Dance" from Thank God It's Friday (1978) as well as "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" her international hit duet with Barbra Streisand. He also co-wrote The Weather Girls' iconic hit "It's Raining Men" (with Paul Shaffer).

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Early life

Jabara was born in Brooklyn, New York.[3] He graduated from Fort Hamilton High School in 1965. His sisters, Delores and Claudette, also graduated from that high school.

Acting career

Jabara's Broadway debut was in the original cast of the stage musical Hair. He originated the role of King Herod in the London production of Jesus Christ Superstar.[3]

In 1969, he appeared in John Schlesinger's film Midnight Cowboy, as a hippie handing out pills ("Up or Down?") at the counterculture party.

He moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s[3] and acted in a number of films during the decade. He took over the role of Frank-N-Furter in the Los Angeles production of The Rocky Horror Show when Tim Curry left the production to film the movie version in England. and in Schlesinger's 1975 film The Day of the Locust, where he sang a cover of the Marlene Dietrich song "Hot Voo-Doo" in drag.

Jabara played the role of a lovelorn and nearsighted disco-goer named Carl in the 1978 film Thank God It's Friday. He contributed the song " Last Dance" to the film's soundtrack, which went on to win an Academy Award and Grammy Award.[3] He also contributed as a singer on two tracks on the original soundtrack.

In 1981, Jabara starred in another John Schlesinger film, the comedy Honky Tonk Freeway, as truck driver/songwriter T. J. Tupus, hauling lions and a rhino.

Songwriter and singer

Jabara wrote the book, music, lyrics and starred in the aborted Broadway musical Rachael Lily Rosenbloom (And Don't You Ever Forget It) when he was 24 years old.[4] The musical starred Ellen Greene, and played the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City in 1973. It closed in previews prior to its official opening and was never reviewed by the press. No recording was made of the score, which featured both Jabara's trademark disco music and traditional Broadway-style numbers.[5]

In 1976, Jabara contributed a song to the 20th Century Fox motion picture sound track of Mother, Jugs & Speed, starring Bill Cosby, Raquel Welch and Harvey Keitel. The upbeat, disco-flavored "Dance", both written and sung by Jabara, which was popular in clubs featuring high energy dance music.[6]

Jabara released his debut album Shut Out in 1977. Jabara's solo albums on the disco label Casablanca Records include three duets with Donna Summer: "Shut Out" (1977), "Something's Missing (In My Life)" (1978) and "Never Lose Your Sense of Humor" (1979).

Donna Summer performed his song "Last Dance" for the 1978 film Thank God It's Friday winning Jabara the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, the Academy Award for Best Original Song.[3] It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

In 1979, with Bruce Roberts, he co-wrote Barbra Streisand's top 3 hit "The Main Event/Fight",[4] and the pair wrote their biggest success with the international smash "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough),"[4] recorded as a duet by Streisand and Donna Summer.

In 1981, he wrote "No Jinx" for Bette Midler as the theme tune to her movie Jinxed!. Diana Ross scored a 1982 UK top hit with his song "Work That Body."[4]

In 1982, Two Tons O' Fun, renaming themselves as The Weather Girls, agreed to record his song "It's Raining Men", previously rejected by Summer, Streisand, Cher and Ross. The song became an international hit, topping the US Dance chart and peaking at No. 2 in the UK. That song was re-recorded in 1998 by RuPaul and Martha Wash as "It's Raining Men...The Sequel" and later by Geri Halliwell in 2001 when it reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart.

The original Weather Girls' recording of "It's Raining Men" was included on Jabara's 1983 album Paul Jabara & Friends, which included one of the early recordings by then 19-year-old Whitney Houston on "Eternal Love" (previously recorded by Stephanie Mills) as well as a Jabara/Diana Ross co-write "Ladies Hot Line." Other songs Jabara had covered by major artists include "Hope" by Billy Preston (1981), "Two Lovers" by Julio Iglesias (1984)[4] and "This Girl's Back in Town" by Raquel Welch (1987).

In 1986, Jabara released his final album, the concept musical De La Noche: The True Story – A Poperetta, featuring guest vocals from Leata Galloway, Diva Gray and Pattie Brooks.

In 2005, a workshop of a musical titled Last Dance played New York City. It was a musical assembled from Jabara's well known disco songs and told the story of a modern-day teenager who goes back in time to spend one night at Studio 54.


On September 29, 1992, Jabara died from complications from  AIDS[7] in Los Angeles, California at the age of 44. A  memorial service was held on Oct 4, 1992 at the  Forest Lawn Cemetery, in the Hollywood Hills.[4] Jabara is buried at Green-Wood Cemetery.[8]

He died at his Los Angeles home and was survived by his sisters, Delores Jabara and Claudette Hadad. At the time of his death, major outlets including The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times were simply told by a spokesman and Claudette, respectively, that he had died due to "a long illness."[3][4]This was possibly due to  stigma of AIDS.[9][10]

On June 14, 2014, Jabara was featured in the first gay-themed tour of Green-Wood Cemetery.[11][12]


Studio albums

Soundtracks and compilations


  • "One Man Ain't Enough" (1975)
  • "Dance" (1976)
  • "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1976)
  • "Shut Out" duet with Donna Summer (1977)
  • "Slow Dancing" (1977)
  • "Dancin' (Lift Your Spirits Higher)" (1978)
  • "Pleasure Island" (1978)
  • "Take Good Care of My Baby" / "What's a Girl to Do", Paul Jabara & Pattie Brooks (1978)
  • "Trapped in a Stairway" (1978)
  • "Disco Queen" (1978)
  • "Saturday Matinee" (1978)
  • "Never Lose Your Sense of Humor", duet with Donna Summer (1979)
  • "Disco Wedding" (1979)
  • "Honeymoon (In Puerto Rico)" (1979)
  • "Disco Divorce" (1979)
  • "Ocho Rios" (1986)
  • "This Girl's Back in Town" (1986)



  1. ^ [1] Archived August 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Biography". The Official Web Site of Paul Jabara. Olga Music. Archived from the original on February 27, 2013. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Sheila Rule (2 October 1992). "Paul Jabara, 44, Actor, Singer And Disco Songwriter, Is Dead". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 September 2023.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Paul Jabara; Actor and Songwriter". Los Angeles Times. 1 October 1992. Retrieved 11 September 2023.
  5. ^ Mandelbaum, Ken (1991), Not Since Carrie: 40 Years of Broadway Musical Flops, New York: St. Martin's Press, pp. 29–31, OCLC 23901074
  6. ^ "Original Soundtrack - Mother, Jugs and Speed Album Reviews, Songs & More | AllMusic". AllMusic.
  7. ^ "The Estate Project". Archived from the original on 2014-05-16. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  8. ^ Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2 (Kindle Location 23189). McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. Kindle Edition.
  9. ^ Gregory M. Herek (April 1999). "AIDS and Stigma". Sage Journals. Retrieved 11 September 2023.
  10. ^ "David J. Sencer CDC Museum: In Association with the Smithsonian Institution / The AIDS Epidemic in the United States, 1981-early 1990s". Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved 11 September 2023.
  11. ^ "Gay Green-Wood Trolley Tour". Green-Wood. Green-Wood. Archived from the original on 2021-10-23.
  12. ^ "The Gay Graves Tour". Walk About New York. Walk About New York. June 18, 2014. Archived from the original on 2021-10-23. Retrieved October 16, 2014.

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