May 27, 1997 – The Soundtrack to Hercules is Released Through Walt Disney Records
“I will find my way, I can go the distance, I’ll be there someday, if I can be strong.”
On May 27, 1997, the album Hercules: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack was released. The album features music from the animated feature film, written by composer Alan Menken and lyricist David Zippel. Performers on the album include Lillas White, LaChanze, Roz Ryan, Roger Bart, Danny DeVito, Susan Egan, and Michael Bolton singing the pop version of “Go the Distance.” The music for the movie is heavily inspired by gospel and R&B, which fit in well with the idea of the muses telling the story of the hero Hercules. The Michael Bolton version of “Go the Distance” was released as a promotional single for the album. The song would go on to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, but lost to “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic.