One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1986 – Robert Tepper

“No Easy Way Out” by Robert Tepper

New Jersey native Robert Tepper, had some early success in the music-writing department as he paired with fellow singer Benny Mardones to write Mardones’ hit ballad “Into the Night,” which earned them a Grammy Awards nomination. In 1985, Tepper signed a recording contract with Scotti Brothers and moved to Los Angeles. Sylvester Stallone heard Tepper’s song “No Easy Way Out,” and liked it so much that he included it in the Rocky IV movie and soundtrack. It made the Top 40 charts, peaking at #22 on March 29, 1986.

Unfortunately Robert Tepper was unable to capitalize on this success as he released two solo albums for Scotti Bros. Records but both albums received little promotion from the label. He went on to join the classic hard rock group “Iron Butterfly” for a few years.

Let’s Return to the mid-80s action movie soundtrack music of Robert Tepper, from the awesome Rocky IV soundtrack, “No Easy Way Out”:

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4 thoughts on “One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1986 – Robert Tepper”

  1. I used to have the Rocky IV soundtrack, so I’m pretty familiar with this song. I never saw the movie, but enjoyed the music.

    1. I was on the Cross Country team when this soundtrack was out, and I listened to it when I ran in the off-season. I love it! I had gotten it because “Eye of the Tiger” was on it, and I hadn’t owned the song up to that point. Then I ended up liking most of the other songs better! I saw the movie countless times. I even saw it in the theater. I haven’t seen it in a while though. In know they have Rocky marathons on TV sometimes, but I haven’t caught them in a while. It was a good movie. Don’t expect anything intellectually intriguing if you ever watch it. It’s just a fun movie.

  2. I Know The 80s Music Very Well I was A kid and grew up with it when that song came out Cause I Heard That Song on top 40 radio at the time when the song was new Even MTV had The Video In It’s Rotation But These days They dont Play it that Like that anymore

    1. I miss those rock songs that pump you up. Interest in the ’80s seems to be growing, so maybe someday soon, we’ll have a throwback act that will play music like this. Or maybe some of our ’80s groups that are coming back now will have hits on the top 40 again.

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