Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"Give It All You Got" by Chuck Mangione

Song#:  0015
Date:  01/19/1980
Debut:  89
Peak:  18
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Pop, Easy Listening, Instrumental, Jazz

Pop Bits:  Quick - name the last fully instrumental hit song you remember. I bet anything you came up with was from the 80s or before. Like a lot of things, the 80s was really the last decade where an instrumental could hit (or even top) the pop chart. This instrumental was the final entry for the jazzy Mr. Mangione. Youngsters today know him as that trumpet (actually flugelhorn) playing dude on the animated series "King of the Hill." But he was big deal back in the 70s and the one who brought smooth jazz to the masses. So who is to blame for Kenny G? This guy...

ReduxReview:  I admit I did have a thing for the sweet sounds of Chuck back in the day since I was in high school jazz band. I even saw him in concert. These days I only dig certain songs like the great "Bellavia." However, this one is not too bad. I'd consider this the hipper, groovier (and more fun) cousin to his bland mega-hit "Feels So Good."

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia: "Give It All You Got" served as the theme song to the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid.



  1. This has some possible "jam" moments, but then it just wears on... and on... and on... Jesus Christ! Won't it stop? Please? I'm still hearing it. - M

  2. Chart Run: 89 - 79 - 57 - 49 - 37 - 31 - 24 - 21 - 19 - 18 - 18 - 24 - 27 - 43 - 87 - 97