Sunday, February 3, 2013

"If I Were You" by Toby Beau

Song#:  0240
Date:  07/05/1980
Debut:  90
Peak:  70
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Although it sounds like a person's name, Toby Beau is actually a group formed in Texas. They flirted briefly with the upper part of the chart in 1978 with their debut single "My Angel Baby" (#13), but that would be their only major hit. It seems their second album effort got hit by the corporate machine when session musicians were being brought in to play. It didn't sit well with the band members and it wasn't long after the album's release (and relative failure) that all band members except for one had left. The last one standing was Balde Silva and with a contract to issue one more album, he forged ahead and got it done. This single from the third and last Toby Beau album couldn't muster up much of an audience and RCA dropped the band.

ReduxReview:  The song has a silky AC luster to it, but there is not much substance to the song. There were a lot of artists around this time with a similar sound, so if you wanted to climb up the chart you had to have a great song; especially in the year Christopher Cross was king. Unfortunately, this one was not a great song.

ReduxRating:  3/10

Trivia:  Silva later adopted the Toby Beau album for his stage name and continued to tour on the club circuit, specifically around Texas.


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