Sunday, March 17, 2013

"Jesse" by Carly Simon

Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  0284
Date:  08/02/1980
Debut:  70
Peak:  11
Weeks:  23
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Simon had a great run in the 70s beginning with her self-titled 1971 debut that gave her a #10 hit with "That's the Way I Always Heard It Should Be." She had five other Top 10's including the #1 "You're So Vain" in 1972. Even some of her non-Top 10 songs are easily recognizable such as the much used "Anticipation" and "Haven't Got Time For the Pain." In addition to those, her first hit of the 80s couldn't quite get into the Top 10, but still sold well enough to go gold. But this song would prove to be her last major hit as her chart fortunes dwindled as the 80s wore on.

ReduxReview:  When folks think of 70s singer/songwriter music, a lot of the time artist like James Taylor, Carole King, and Carly Simon come to mind. This song fits right in that mode and is probably one of the real last blasts of that 70s singer/songwriter era. It's a terrific song and a really good one to help close out a musical time period.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Simon won the Grammy for Best New Artist in 1972.  2) Simon was married to fellow musician James Taylor beginning in 1972 and they divorced in 1983. They would collaborate on music during that time with their biggest hit as a duet coming in 1974 with the #5 gold record "Mockingbird."


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