Sunday, August 11, 2013

"While You See a Chance" by Steve Winwood

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0488
Date:  02/07/1981
Debut:  80
Peak:  7
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Pop, Rock

Pop Bits:  Winwood had already found great success as a part of the legendary rock groups The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, and Blind Faith (with Eric Clapton). But the demands of recording and touring constantly finally wore on Winwood and he scaled back ended up issuing his first solo album in 1977. The self-titled debut peaked at #22 but failed to produce any chart songs. That changed when he released "Arc of a Diver" and this first single shot into the Top 10. After so many years in successful groups, Winwood found himself getting attention as solo artist and it would continue for him throughout the 80s.

ReduxReview:  With its distinctive drippy/buzzy keyboard lick, the song is pretty memorable right off the bat. It's a terrific song and one that I've always liked. Oddly enough, I never bought the song but I do have it now. For me, it is one of his best solo songs and an excellent pop tune.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Winwood started in music at an early age and by age 15 he and his brother Muff found themselves in The Spencer Davis Group when it was formed in 1963. By 1966, Winwood wrote the band's first Top 10 hit, the classic "Gimme Some Lovin'" (#7).


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