Saturday, January 5, 2013

"On the Rebound" by Russ Ballard

Song#:  0206
Date:  06/14/1980
Debut:  89
Peak:  58
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Ballard was a member of Argent, a British quartet founded by Zombies member Rod Argent. They were a one-hit wonder in 1972 when "Hold Your Head Up" hit #5. The song was sung by Ballard. Two years later he left Argent to pursue a solo career which finally culminated in this one and only solo chart song for him. Although solo success was pretty much a no-go, his songs found there way on the chart with other artists.

ReduxReview:  This is an interesting tune. It has a kitchen-sink feel to it - falsetto, spoken parts, hard guitar, vocodor, keyboard sax, etc. But it all kind of works. It's not outstanding, but is definitely worthy of a few listens. The more I played it, the more I liked it. I'd download it.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Ballard had great success with other artists recording his songs. Among the hits he wrote are "Liar" by Three Dog Night (#7), "You Can Do Magic" by America (#8), "I Know There's Something Going On" by Frida (#13), "New York Groove" by Ace Frehley (#13), and "Winning" by Santana (#17).


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