Monday, November 19, 2012

"She's Out of My Life" by Michael Jackson

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0143
Date:  04/19/1980
Debut:  57
Peak:  10
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Jackson was setting new standards in music and chart action with his album "Off the Wall." With the release of this fourth single, it became the first album in chart history to feature four Top 10 hits. Some considered this song schlock while others hailed it as his best vocal performance. It has been said that in the studio Jackson did several takes on the song and each time he would end up emotional and crying. Producer Quincy Jones suggested leaving the vocals that way as it must be how it was supposed to be done since Jackson kept ending the song in the same emotional manner.

ReduxReview:  I go back and forth on this song. At times I think it is really a beautiful song and other times I think it is pure schmaltz and him crying at the end is just too over the top. I think I just have to be in the mood for this type of song. Today, I'm feeling okay about it. But check with me tomorrow...

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Quincy Jones had this song for a while and originally intended for it to go to Frank Sinatra. But then he thought is was the right time for Michael to record something like this and took the song to Jackson.  2) The song was written by Tom Bahler and it has been said that he wrote the song about Karen Carpenter, whom he dated. However, Bahler says he wrote it earlier than that time and it was more about the woman he dated before Carpenter. Bahler and his brother John have lent their voices to hundreds of recordings including TV shows, film soundtracks, commercial jingles, and pop songs. Although there is no exact proof or statistics, it's been said that the brothers have two of the most recorded voices in history.


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