Sunday, March 24, 2013

"How Do I Survive" by Amy Holland

Song#:  0291
Date:  08/09/1980
Debut:  80
Peak:  22
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Pop

How Do I Survive by Amy Holland on Grooveshark

Pop Bits:  As the daughter of a country singer (Esmereldy) and an opera singer (Harry Boersma), Holland was basically born into music. Of Dutch descent, she changed her last name from Boersma to Holland and moved to LA to kick off a career as a singer/songwriter. An encounter with the soon-to-be Doobie Brother Michael McDonald would eventually result in him producing her self-titled debut. Although this first single from the album didn't necessarily burn up the chart, it did well enough to bring attention her way and help to get her a 1981 Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. However, this would be her only solo song to hit the chart.

ReduxReview:  This is a good song and probably one of those that has been forgotten about over the years. Although it is a solid song, it's not really strong enough to have staying power. It's odd that I remember her name and even the album cover, but I don't remember this song one bit. I like and appreciate the song, but it probably won't stay in my memory for very long.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Three years after the release of her debut album, Holland and McDonald were married and remain so currently.  2) This song was written by Paul Bliss and originally appeared on the 1979 album "Neon Smiles" by The Bliss Band. He has written songs for other artists including Celine Dion and Olivia Newton-John, who took his song "Heart Attack" to #3 in 1982.

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