Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"Let Me Be Your Angel" by Stacy Lattisaw

Song#:  0287
Date:  08/09/1980
Debut:  87
Peak:  21
Weeks:  24
Genre:  R&B, Pop

Pop Bits:  Lattisaw was twelve when she signed with Cotillion Records in 1979. Her first album was done under the guidance of Van McCoy (of "The Hustle" fame), but it yielded little in the way of hits or sales. That would all change when Narada Michael Walden took over production duties. Together they would have five hit R&B albums including a few Top 10 R&B songs. She was able to cross over to the pop chart occasionally and this third single from her "Let Me Be Your Angel" album became her first to hit the pop chart. It ended up being her highest peaking pop song as well.

ReduxReview:  This is a very nice, age-appropriate ballad that fits her very well. I never thought she had a particularly strong voice, but she sings everything well and convincingly. She could be mistaken a bit for Janet Jackson at a young age - and Janet never had a strong voice either. She still has a child-like voice here which can sometimes limit the appeal.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  The first single from her "Let Me Be Your Angel" album was "Dynamite!" The song didn't hit the pop chart, but it did reach #8 R&B and #1 on the dance chart. She was 13 at the time and that made her the youngest artist to hit #1 on the dance chart at the time.


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