Tuesday, July 2, 2013

"A Little In Love" by Cliff Richard

Song#:  0436
Date:  12/13/1980
Debut:  88
Peak:  17
Weeks:  22
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  After a massive career in the UK beginning in the late 50's, Richard finally got some recognition in the US with a string of hits starting with 1976's "Devil Woman" (#6). This second single from his "I'm No Hero" album couldn't quite reach the Top 10 and it brought an end to his US hit days as it would be his last Top 20 song.

ReduxReview:  I love this song just as much as his previous hit, the #10 "Dreaming." Again, just a solid, well-done pop song. It should have gone Top 10, but his duet with Olivia Newton-John "Suddenly" was still climbing the chart at the same time so it may have had an effect on this single's performance. But doesn't really matter. It is a wonderful piece of pop.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  This song was written and produced by Alan Tarney. In the late 70's he was part of the Tarney/Spencer Band which ended up putting three low-peaking singles on the pop chart between 1978 and 1981. Also during this time he was also a musician working with Cliff Richard. It ended up being Tarney's composition "We Don't Talk Anymore" that started the resurgence of Richard's career in 1979. The song was such a hit that Tarney was then asked to write and produce Richard's next album, "I'm No Hero," which featured this hit plus "Dreaming." Tarney would do one more album with Richard and then later he would hit again producing the hit albums and singles by a-ha.


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