Monday, May 20, 2013

"Suddenly" by Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard

Song#:  0381
Date:  10/25/1980
Debut:  79
Peak:  20
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Pop, Soundtrack

Pop Bits:  Both Newton-John and Richard were on a roll. Each were riding on Top 10 hits with Richard having his best success in the US to date and Newton-John hitting #1 with "Magic." The two were pared up for this song featured on the "Xanadu" soundtrack. It was the fifth single release from the album and its #20 peak ensured that all five reached the Top 20, with "Magic" and "Xanadu" going Top 10. There would be one more single released from the album, "Don't Walk Away" by ELO, but it failed to hit the chart. "Suddenly" would also hit #4 on the AC chart.

ReduxReview:  This is a song I didn't like when it came out. I can't really pinpoint why, just that it didn't click with me. Actually, it kind of sounds like a pale imitation of a BeeGees song. Perhaps that is what rubs me the wrong way. However, I have a better appreciation for it now even though it is still not one of my faves from either artist.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  The b-side of the "Suddenly" single was Newton-John's version of the standard "You Made Me Love You." Although the song can be heard in the film, it was not on the soundtrack LP. Two other songs from the film were also excluded from the soundtrack - Newton-John's "Fool Country" and ELO's "Drum Dreams." Both songs did appear as b-sides to singles released from the soundtrack.


1 comment:

  1. Chart Run: 79 - 69 - 58 - 48 - 39 - 35 - 30 - 28 - 25 - 23 - 23 - 21 - 20 - 24 - 38 - 47 - 56 - 73 - 98