Ipinagdiwang ni Gretchen Barretto ang 51st birthday noong March 6.
Pero kahapon lang, March 11, nag-post sa Instagram ng birthday greeting ang kanyang kapatid na si Claudine Barretto.
"Happy birthday Ate, to the one and only Beautiful Girl," pagbati ni Claudine kay Gretchen.
Sa comments section, isang follower ni Claudine ang nagkomento: “Pag Beautiful Girl talaga ang song si Gretchen Barretto talaga yung nasa isip eh. Happy birthday po”
Sagot ng aktres: “Yes indeed. Jose Mari Chan wrote BEAUTIFUL GIRL FOR MY ATE.”
Eleven years old si Claudine nang magbida si Gretchen sa Beautiful Girl, ang pelikula ng Seiko Films na ipinalabas sa mga sinehan noong July 24, 1990.
With due respect to Claudine, bata pa siya noon kaya posibleng hindi niya alam ang tunay na kasaysayan ng 1989 hit song ni Jose Mari Chan.
Ang popularidad ng "Beautiful Girl" ang dahilan kaya ito ang ginamit ng Seiko Films producer na si Robbie Tan na pamagat at theme song ng pelikulang mula sa direksiyon ni Laurice Guillen at pinilahan noon sa mga sinehan.
WHY JOSE MARI CHAN WROTE BEAUTIFUL GIRL...
Kung babasahin ni Claudine ang libro ni Chan, ang Words and Music, Jose Mari Chan Volume Two na unang na-publish noong January 1, 2000, malalaman niyang hindi isinulat ng iconic singer-songwriter para kay Gretchen ang "Beautiful Girl."
"[Beautiful Girl] is a ballad about seeing an attractive lady from a distance and never getting to meeting her. Losing a girl like a ‘song in the night.’
"...Spending 11 years in the US made me even more appreciative of American country and western songs and their influence on my songwriting is evident in this composition..." paliwanag ni Chan sa kanyang libro tungkol sa kasaysayan ng "Beautiful Girl."
Sa isang videotaped interview, sinabi ni Chan na isang fictional song ang "Beautiful Girl."
Nagkuwento rin ang singer tungkol sa lyrics ng popular song.
Aniya, “'Beautiful Girl' is a fictional song.
"I put myself in a position of a young man who noticed a pretty girl from a distance and he promised himself that he would meet her before the end of the evening and before he knew it, the girl was gone so he never met that girl.
“There’s a line there that says 'like a song in the night, I feel that I’ve lost you like a song in the night.'
"Many times I have this muse that whispers melodies to me. I’m being poetic and I get inspired, I’m on the plane, I’m in the car, I do my work and all of a sudden a nice melody enters my mind and very often, I put in down on paper so I will not forget it.
"But sometimes before I fall asleep, there’s a melody that comes to me and is very catchy and it tugs at my heart and I promise myself, tomorrow morning, when I wake up, I write down on paper and then I go to sleep. And then what happens? The next morning, I’ve lost the melody.
"That’s what I call a song in the night and so, 'Beautiful Girl, I fear that I might have lost you like a song in the night. I searched on forever till I have you in my heart.'"