Saturday, September 15, 2012

"You Might Need Somebody" by Turley Richards

Redux Spotlight Alert!
Song#:  0025
Date:  01/26/1980
Debut:  88
Peak:  54
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, Richards is a respected singer/songwriter who found his way on nine different record company rosters, including Warner and Atlantic. Unfortunately, none turned him into a major recording star. This song was the last and highest charting of his three hits. His given name is Richard Turley, but after a dyslexic musician accidentally flipped the name, he ended up keeping the new version. Now located in Louisville, Kentucky, Richards still performs, records, and offers lessons for singers and songwriters in his studio.

ReduxReview:  Although not a strong song for hit contention, I kind of dig the groove and like his voice. I can hear Michael McDonald's voice singing this. With a little more of an R&B feel, this could have been a nice album track for The Doobie Brothers. But this single doesn't even hint at his real vocal skills. For an added bonus I'm including his 1969 appearance on the Carson show. He does "Summertime" and blows it out. It kicks into high gear about the 2:15 mark - and make sure you stay for the end. It's just crazy.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  An unfortunate accident with a bow and arrow left Richards blind in one eye at the age of four. An infection then spread to his other eye and his sight declined to the point where he was fully blind by his late 20's.


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