Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"Giving It Up for Your Love" by Delbert McClinton

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0428
Date:  12/06/1980
Debut:  90
Peak:  8
Weeks: 19
Genre:  Blues-Rock



Pop Bits:  McClinton was involved in blues music early on when his band The Straitjackets would back prominent artist like Howlin' Wolf and Lightnin' Hopkins. He got his first taste of chart success playing harmonica on Bruce Channel's 1962 #1 hit "Hey! Baby." After a stint as a duo with Glen Clark that yielded the #90 song "I Received a Letter" (1972), McClinton went solo and released a string of albums that didn't amount to much on the charts. The one bright spot was this single from his 1980 album "The Jealous Kind." It would be his only Top 10 pop single.

ReduxReview:  Here is another song I forgot about. As soon as it started the song came right back to me. I had thought this was a 70s song, but came out in 1980. This is some real tasty blues-rock and just a terrific song. I'm kind of surprised some artist hasn't latched onto this song and revived it. Someone should. I think it could hit again.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  In 1993, McClinton had a country hit in a duet with Tanya Tucker. "Tell Me About It" peaked at #4 on the country chart. Although he didn't write the song, another one that he did write hit #1 on the country chart. Emmylou Harris topped the country chart in 1978 with McClinton's "Two More Bottles of Wine."

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