Tuesday, March 5, 2013

"Don't Misunderstand Me" by Rossington Collins Band

Song#:  0271
Date:  07/26/1980
Debut:  85
Peak:  55
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Southern Rock

Pop Bits:  The Rossington Collins Band was one that was formed out of a tragedy. In 1977, a plane carrying members of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd ran out of fuel and crashed. Three band members (along with three others) were killed in the crash. Instead of trying to carry on as Lynyrd Skynyrd, two surviving members, Allen Collins and Gary Rossington formed a new band in 1979 and brought along their other two surviving band members. To also distance themselves from being Lynyrd Skynyrd, part two, they hired female lead vocalist Dale Krantz. The group's first album, "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere," performed quite well hitting #13 on the album chart and going gold. This single from the album would be their only singles chart appearance. The group released one more disc but internal issues brought an end to the band.

ReduxReview:  More cowbell! Meh. As mentioned before, Southern rock is not really my thing. It's an okay song, but I do like the female vocals (Dale Krantz). I listened to a few other songs of theirs and I liked some of those better than this one. But for a single, this was probably the right choice. It's just not incredibly strong, however a lot of Southern rock was more album-oriented than geared towards singles.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) In 1987, the surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd reunited for a concert tour. Allen Collins took part in the reunion, but unfortunately only served as musical director. The previous year, Collins was involved in a DUI car crash that took the life of his girlfriend and left him paralyzed from the waist down. As part of his plea bargain in the case, Collins would take the stage each performance and explain why he was not able to play any longer. He would also talk about the dangers of driving under the influence and drug/alcohol abuse.  2) Rossington and Krantz became a couple and married in 1982 in a brief small ceremony. Krantz didn't get a full-on wedding, so in 2011 the couple renewed their vows in a proper ceremony. Her search for a wedding dress was featured on the TLC show "Say Yes to the Dress."


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