Tuesday, July 9, 2013

"Who's Making Love" by The Blues Brothers

Song#:  0446
Date:  12/20/1980
Debut:  76
Peak:  39
Weeks:  11
Genre:  R&B, Soul

Who's Making Love by Blues Brothers on Grooveshark

Pop Bits:  The Blues Brothers (John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd) quickly followed up their hit movie and it's soundtrack with the live album "Made in America." It would be their second live album and it showcased performances at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. The LP would be less successful than their previous two and would be the last to feature John Belushi before his death in 1982. This first single barely managed a Top 40 showing and it also became the last Blues Brothers single to reach the chart.

ReduxReview:  As mentioned in a prior post, I'm not a fan of the Brothers, but appreciate that they were serious about the music and brought some retro soul back around for a new generation. That said, they can't even come close to the original (see below) on this one. By this time the pop culture phenomenon of the Brothers was beginning to fade and it was showing. It's an acceptable but unremarkable performance and lacks the energy found on some of their previous performances.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  This song is a remake of the 1968 Johnny Taylor hit. It was Taylor's first pop Top 10 (#5) and first #1 R&B hit. The gold record would be Taylor's second biggest pop hit as years later in 1976 he would top the chart for four weeks with "Disco Lady." That song has the distinction of being the very first certified platinum single when the RIAA established that level.


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