Friday, September 13, 2013

"Living Inside Myself" by Gino Vannelli

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0537
Date:  03/21/1981
Debut:  77
Peak:  6
Weeks:  20
Genre:  Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Canadian Vannelli and his brother Joe found themselves in L.A. searching for a record deal. Nothing was happening and as a last resort, they practically stalked A&M label head Herb Alpert to do an on-the-spot audition. The ploy ended up working and Gino was signed to the label. His debut album, 1973's "Crazy Life," kind of sunk, but his second album produced the #22 song "People Gotta Move." He finally reached the Top 10 in 1978 with the #4 "I Just Wanna Stop." He jumped labels to Arista for his next album, "Nightwalker," and this lead single became his second Top 10 hit. The song also received a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals.

ReduxReview:  I loved this song. I played this 45 over and over. I just thought it was a great ballad enhanced by Vannelli's big voice and solid production. It still sounds good to me. This is a terrific pop ballad.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Vannelli was initially signed to RCA in Canada when he was seventeen. He recorded a single called "Gina Bold" and released it under the name Van-Elli. The song went nowhere and Vannelli headed to the States to look for another record deal.


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