Saturday, August 31, 2013

"A Woman Needs Love (Just Like You Do)" by Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0520
Date:  03/07/1981
Debut:  86
Peak:  4
Weeks:  27
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  With three gold albums in their pocket, Raydio (now officially called Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio) released what would be their final LP as a group. "A Woman Needs Love" became their biggest hit album peaking at #13 pop and #1 R&B. The title track also became the group's first and only #1 R&B chart song. The group disbanded after the album and Parker, now confident in his abilities, ventured out on his own solo career.

ReduxReview:  When Parker hit the mark with a song, it had quality written all over it. This is one of those songs. For the Raydio years, this and "Jack and Jill" were their best.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Another Raydio founder, Jerry Knight, has some minor success on the R&B chart as a solo artist. He did break into the pop Top 10 as a member of the duo Ollie & Jerry. They hit #9 with "Breakin'...There's No Stoppin' Us." He also wrote/produced songs for others including hits like "Crush On You" by The Jets (#3, 1986).


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