Wednesday, December 26, 2012

"More Love" by Kim Carnes

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0196
Date:  05/31/1980
Debut:  75
Peak:  10
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Pop, Blue-Eyed Soul



Pop Bits:  Before Carnes has a successful solo career, she had already been a player in the biz for several years. She was a member of the New Christy Minstrels in 1966 (along with Kenny Rogers) and was writing songs that were getting attention. Eventually, she and her husband Dave Ellingson co-wrote Kenny Rogers' concept album "Gideon," which featured the hit duet "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer." But with other songwriting successes and a couple of albums to her credit, solo success eluded her. This remake changed that and she finally hit the Top 10 on her own.

ReduxReview:  I will warn you ahead of time that I have been obsessed with Kim Carnes for many years. I think she is a terrific songwriter and artist. Although she obviously had some pretty big successes, I think she should have had a few more - although she actually did as others had hits with songs she wrote. Remaking a Motown classic is tricky, but I think she hits the mark with this one. And it should be noted that the original by Smoky Robinson and the Miracles only peaked at #23 in 1967, so Carnes's version did far better.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Earlier in the 70s, Carnes and Ellingson co-wrote some songs with David Cassidy. These appeared on two of his albums that came out during his heyday as a teen idol - "Rock Me Baby" and "Dreams Are Nuthin' More Than Wishes." The pair would also tour with Cassidy during that time.

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