It may have been October, but it felt like a glorious summer night when Eddie Kilgallon learned he was the one Olivia Newton-John wanted. Or, at least, she and her team wanted to record a song he’d co-written.

The artist who Kilgallon had watched — and admired — play Sandy in timeless classic “Grease” had chosen the East Greenbush native’s “Window In The Wall” track as a way to come out of retirement.

“It’s hard to imagine hearing Olivia sing one of your songs, but this dream came true for me and my co-writers Tom Paden and Tajci Cameron,” says Kilgallon, 55, who now lives in Tennessee with his wife, Terry, and their sons Landon, 22, and Addison, 20.

The four-time Grammy Award-winner and her daughter, singer-songwriter Chloe Lattanzi, performed the song together, releasing it last month. The song was “intended to unify and heal during these unprecedented times in the world,” according to a press release on Global Newswire.

“I’ve always enjoyed singing duets more than singing on my own and when I first heard this song, I knew immediately that I wanted to sing it with my daughter Chloe,” says Newton-John in a statement. “The lyrics and melody really resonated with me and I hoped Chloe would feel the same way – and luckily she did.”

Kilgallon has been writing music since he was a sixth-grader at Genet Middle School in East Greenbush. His parents bought him a piano. After school he would go home and sit at it for hours — writing poems and singing them.

His love of writing and performing music grew from there.

“It wasn’t difficult to realize that Eddie possessed unique talent. He was truly like a sponge, picking up musical insights from his teachers, but also other student musicians, and pop music,” says Doug Porter, one of Kilgallon’s former music teachers at Columbia High School. “He was always eager to learn at every opportunity. He was intrigued by the piano, largely teaching himself, and became very competent. As a result, his skills expanded at an exceptional rate.”

Porter recalls Kilgallon performing with the chorus. He was also in the band as a percussionist and was consistently cast in principal roles in the school’s musicals.

Kilgallon’s drive continued. As a teen, he took the late bus after play rehearsal from Columbia High School to local performer Al Bruno’s makeshift practice studio in the basement of a friend’s home. It was there the young-and-budding artist would play the keyboard and sing backup for Bruno’s “Blue Light Special” band.

“I said ‘listen, this is what I need — a musical director and a person who will define the band,” says Bruno, who is still a familiar name and face on the local music scene. “He did it all. He would make rehearsals, pound it out, come up with ideas. He wanted to be the next Barry Manilow.”
Manilow was Kilgallon’s greatest musical inspiration from a young age. 
After Kilgallon’s first performance in front of an audience, his teacher gave him Manilow’s  “Trying To Get The Feeling Again.” Kilgallon was 11. 
“When I played that album for the first time, something struck me — those songs and Manilow’s vocals awakened my musical passion and from that point on, life equaled music,” Kilgallon says. 
He was especially drawn to the title track written by David Pomeranz, saying it “was a wealth of musical-songwriting knowledge.” Kilgallon studied that tune and played it over and over on the piano while singing along. 
Later in life, Kilgallon was sitting at a dinner table with Pomeranz, but they hadn’t been introduced. After dinner, the two were able to meet. Kilgallon thanked Pomeranz for the lifetime of music he and Manilow started with that song. Today, Pomeranz and Kilgallon are good friends and have written together.
Pomeranz was one of the many songwriters and performers who have inspired Kilgallon over the years. He was also one of the first people to hear “Window in the Wall.”
“I hope everyone who listens has their own take away from the message — if it makes you think, if it makes you feel something inside — then we’ve done all that we hope to do as songwriters,” says Kilgallon.