Friday, November 9, 2012

"Steal Away" by Robbie Dupree

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0127
Date:  04/12/1980
Debut:  85
Peak:  6
Weeks:  23
Genre:  Pop, Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  Growing up in Brooklyn, Dupree was influenced by R&B and blues music and sang doo-wop with street corner groups. He performed around NYC and in Woodstock, New York, before making the move to L.A. for a solo career. He signed with Elektra and recorded his self-titled debut album. The first single was this slice of blue-eyed soul that could easily fit in the Doobie Brothers catalog.

ReduxReview:  This is just a great single. It's like the Doobies had a child with Hall & Oates. In fact, I've been in conversations where folks thought the song was by one of those groups. When I'd tell them it was by Robbie Dupree, they would go "who?" It's unfortunate because he is a solid musician who should get his due.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  The success of this single lead to a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1981. Unfortunately, that was the year Christopher Cross swept the Grammys including this category.


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