Thursday, April 4, 2013

"My Prayer" by Ray, Goodman & Brown

Song#:  0309
Date:  08/23/1980
Debut:  83
Peak:  47
Weeks:  10
Genre:  R&B, Soul

Pop Bits:  The trio's second album came out on the heels of their highly successful debut LP which featured the hit "Special Lady" (#5, pop). The album didn't have the same success as the first, but it did get this minor entry on the pop and R&B charts. They would go on to have a few more R&B chart entries, but this would be their last time on the pop chart.

ReduxReview: I think it is the arrangement that kills it for me. It is like Meco (of the disco "Star Wars" fame) recorded this with them. For a terrific vocal group like this it seems like they would have focused more on doing a great vocal group arrangement, but that is not the case. It can be very hard to update a classic standard (see below) and I think this was just not the way to do this song. Do yourself a favor and listen to the classic Platters version.

ReduxRating:  3/10

Trivia:  This song a remake of The Platters #1 hit from 1956. However, The Platter's version was also a remake of a song from a different era. The song was originally written in 1926 by violinist Georges Boulanger and then lyrics were added in 1939 by Jimmy Kennedy. Both Glenn Miller and The Ink Spots recorded the song and each had a Top 10 hit with it that same year. But it wasn't until The Platters version came out that the song charted in the rock era and reached the top rung.


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