Monday, December 10, 2012

"One Fine Day" by Carole King

Song#:  0178
Date:  05/17/1980
Debut:  73
Peak:  12
Weeks:  17
Genre:  Pop



Pop Bits:  King had written dozens of hit songs with writing partner (and husband) Gerry Goffin during the 60s, but her solo career was a slow starter. That changed in a major way when she released the album "Tapestry" in 1971. It was an enormous success and became the best selling album by a solo artist at that time. No one would touch that record until Michael Jackson's "Thriller" came along more than a decade later. After "Tapestry," her success was spotty. She still sold albums and put songs in the Top 10, but by 1977 her chart career was coming to an end. After a three-year chart drought, King recorded an album of songs that her and Goffin wrote for other artists. The first single was this remake of The Chiffon's 1963 hit (#5).

ReduxReview:  King's take on her own girl group classic doesn't stray too far from the original. She does take it in more of a straight-ahead modern pop direction rather than keeping it based in the 60s, which makes it sound fresh rather than dated.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  It has been reported that King wrote or co-wrote 118 songs that appeared on the Billboard Top 100 pop chart. This was from 1955 through 1999 making her the most successful female songwriter of that time period.

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