Thursday, September 6, 2012

"Make Believe It's Your First Time" by Bobby Vinton

Song#:  0003
Date:  01/05/1980
Debut: 85
Peak: 78
Weeks: 4
Genre: Pop, Easy Listening, Country, Vocal

Pop Bits: Almost 18 years after his first chart hit - the #1 "Roses Are Red (My Love)" - Vinton scraped the bottom rungs of the chart for his final entry. Although it fared much better on the AC chart, the lack of support for this single was getting to be the norm for vocalists like him who had great success in the 60s and 70s. The 80s pretty much signaled the end of an era for true pop vocalists.

ReduxReview: Although kind of a languid reading of the song, it's a true AC song that seemed like it would please anyone who was a fan of Vinton. It starts with a "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" feel and ends on a high note, giving it a nice late-60s feel. Unfortunately, it was 1980 and it probably sounded dated even then. Could be a case of the right song in the wrong decade.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia: The Carpenters covered this song and it was the first single released after Karen Carpenter's death in 1983. Although it failed to reach the pop chart, the song's classic Carpenter sound helped it hit #7 on the AC chart.


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