Tuesday, August 13, 2013

"Proud" by The Joe Chemay Band

Song#:  0491
Date:  02/14/1981
Debut:  90
Peak:  68
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Pop, Soft Rock

Proud by The Joe Chemay Band on Grooveshark

Pop Bits:  Most music listeners may not know the name Joe Chemay, but I can probably guarantee you have heard him on record. As a bass player and vocalist, Chemay was a very popular studio session musician. He has played on recordings by the Beach Boys, Pink Floyd ("The Wall"), Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, Shania Twain, George Strait, Christopher Cross, and the list goes on-and-on. When the 80s rolled around, Chemay put together his own band and got signed to an RCA label. The group debuted their LP "The Riper The Finer" in 1981 and saw this first single get a little chart action. It would be the only chart song for the group and their only LP.

ReduxReview:  This is pretty nice slice of West Coast pop with a few lite-jazz touches. It's right in line with some of the other tunes I've covered already like "Who'll Be the Fool Tonight" by Larsen/Feiten Band. It's a good, solid song that may not have been a smash hit, but is worthy of a listen.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Chemay would move to Nashville and continue his session work in addition to running a music production/marketing/music business company called Trifectone. He issued one solo album in 2007 called "Unformattable."


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