Monday, October 29, 2012

"Starting Over Again" by Dolly Parton

Song#:  0108
Date:  03/29/1980
Debut:  84
Peak:  36
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Pop, Country

Pop Bits:  Well, what is there to say about Dolly Parton? I'd probably say that if you don't know Dolly, you don't know music. She has had the most #1 country hits (tied with Reba McEntire at 25) of any female recording artist and the most Top 10 country albums (41). She has written many of these including "I Will Always Love You," which she took to the top of the country chart twice (!) and loaned to Whitney Houston for her #1 pop hit. Parton had only minor success on the pop chart early in her career, but when she focused on crossover material, she was able to grab Top 10 his like "Here You Come Again" and "9 to 5." She was still flirting with pop when this single was released. It was a #1 country hit.

ReduxReview:  This is really a very good pop/country tune. The lyrics tell a story and it suits Parton very well. No matter what she sings, Parton can make anything seem very personal and real. Plus it has a nice arrangement that is not too over the top or sappy like songs of this time period had. The real surprise is who wrote this (see below).

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot! 1) The song was written by Donna Summer and her husband Bruce Sudano. Summer never recorded the song but has done it in live performances.  2) Parton's big all-time chart competitor Reba McEntire recorded the song in 1995, but it only peaked at #19 on the country chart.


1 comment:

  1. Chart Run: 84 - 74 - 66 - 56 - 48 - 40 - 36 - 36 - 62 - 93