“Key Largo” — a reference to the 1948 Humphrey Bogart-Bacall film of the same name — moved nearly 3,000 downloads this past week
Lauren Bacall‘s Aug. 12 death moved a lot of classic film fans earlier this month. This past week, it moved Bertie Higgins song “Key Largo” way up the digital sales charts.
The song, whose title references the 1948 Humphrey Bogart-Bacall film of the same name, rose 625 percent in download sales, Billboard reported, selling 3,000 digital units.
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The sales week ended on Aug. 17, five days after Bacall’s passing.
Higgins’ song “Key Largo” originally hit No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 17, 1982, when it reached No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
The lyrics include: “Watching those old movies/Falling in love so desperately/Honey, I was your hero/And you were my leading lady/We had it all/Just like Bogie and Bacall.”
The singer also references Humphrey Bogart’s famous “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid” line. Though that phrase was actually from 1942’s “Casablanca,” and he was talking to Ingrid Bergman.
Higgins wasn’t alone in feeling the Bacall bump, but he certainly reaped the biggest benefit. Madonna‘s “Vogue” sold roughly 1,000 downloads in the week — an increase of 28 percent.
Watch Higgins’ “Key Largo” music video below, and Madonna‘s “Vogue” beneath that: