Tuesday, February 19, 2013

"You and Me" by Rockie Robbins

Song#:  0258
Date:  07/19/1980
Debut:  90
Peak:  80
Weeks:  4
Genre:  R&B, Soul

Pop Bits:  This Minneapolis soul singer was signed to A&M and released a self-titled debut in 1979. The album pretty much went nowhere. Typically when this happens, the label will drop the artist. However, in Robbins' case someone at A&M had confidence in him and a second album called "You and Me" was issued. Although the title track was just a blip on the pop chart, the song hit #9 on the R&B chart and the album went Top 20 R&B. It was plenty enough reason to get a third album out, but it didn't get much attention and it was his last recording for A&M. A switch to MCA in 1985 produced an under-performing album as well and that would be the end of the major-label days for Robbins. This was his only pop chart entry.

ReduxReview:  This is a well-crafted, smooth groove that is nicely performed. Although not outstanding, it is definitely above average and probably deserved a little more attention on pop radio.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Robbins' debut album almost didn't happen. After the recording was finished, the tapes were shipped from the studio to the record company. Somehow in the transit of the tapes, they were erased. Robbins had to quickly go back to the studio and re-record everything a second time.  2) When signed to MCA, Robbins first tune for them was "Emergency," which was included on the hit soundtrack to "Beverly Hills Cop" in 1984."


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