Saturday, July 20, 2013

"Seasons" by Charles Fox

Song#:  0462
Date:  01/24/1981
Debut:  89
Peak:  75
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary, Classical Crossover

Pop Bits:  The 1980 film "Ordinary People" was a success for director Robert Redford and it would soon go on to win Oscars including Best Picture. The film's music included the well-known classical piece Pachelbel's "Canon in D." Use of the piece must have made it popular at the time as composer Charles Fox created this song based on the work. Fox may not be a well-known name, but most likely you've heard some of his songs. He co-wrote (with Norman Gimble) hits like "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack and "Ready to Take a Chance Again" by Barry Manilow. He also wrote the themes to TV shows like "Happy Days" and "Laverne and Shirley" that also became hit singles. This was Fox's only pop chart entry, but after winning a Grammy and an Emmy and being nominated for an Oscar, he really didn't need pop stardom.

ReduxReview:  Okay, so not as horrible as the premise sounds. Sometimes classical pieces updated to a more pop version can be just awful. However, this one is not too modernized and the main add is drums. For poppin' up a dusty classic, this is listenable.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  In addition to writing/co-writing themes for TV shows like the ones mentioned above, along with "Love, American Style" (which got him an Emmy) and "The Love Boat," Fox also did themes for game shows. The one that folks may recognize even today is the theme to the hilarious "Match Game."


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