Wednesday, December 5, 2012

"Somethin' 'Bout You Baby I Like" by Glen Campbell & Rita Coolidge

Song#:  0169
Date:  05/17/1980
Debut:  88
Peak:  42
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Country Crossover



Pop Bits:  Coolidge's pop peak was in 1977 with two gold Top 10's in a row, while the same year saw Campbell scoring his second #1, "Southern Nights." Neither artist would see the pop Top 10 again as the 80s approached, but they almost reached the Top 40 as a duet with this peppy song, the first single from Campbell's album of the same name.

ReduxReview: This country jam actually did better on the pop chart than on country. Maybe the rock 'n roll flavor suited pop radio better with Southern rock/boogie groups getting airplay. It is a pretty good tune with a driving sound, but not outstanding. I think it shows a period of time where Campbell was really struggling to secure quality tunes and adapt to the changing musical landscape. Regardless, he is an awesome musician and his recent retirement due to Alzheimer's was certainly sad. I was fortunate enough to work with him for a short time and he was always wonderful to be around.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Before his solo career, Campbell was a member of "The Wrecking Crew," a particular group of session musicians that performed on tons of recordings by major artists like the Beach Boys, the Monkees, the 5th Dimension, and the Carpenters. They also performed on TV theme songs, film scores, and ad jingles as well. A 2008 documentary called "The Wrecking Crew" was about the folks who were these "first-call" session musicians. Leon Russell and drummer Hal Blaine were also big names associated with the group.  2) Back in 1970, Coolidge was just starting off her career and ended up dating Stephen Stills. She left Stills for his band mate Graham Nash (they both were in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at that time). The group split after their 1970 tour and although they were having their own internal issues that lead to the break-up, this romantic switcheroo certainly didn't help matters.

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