Thursday, September 5, 2013

"Lonely Together" by Barry Manilow

Song#:  0529
Date:  03/14/1981
Debut:  79
Peak:  45
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Manilow just had what would be his last Top 10 hit with "I Made It Through the Rain" (#10) when this second single from his "Barry" album was issued. In addition to the album missing the Top 10, this single became Manilow's first chart song to not reach the Top 40 (although it did get to #7 AC). It seemed to signal the inevitable decline in popularity of one of the 70s top recording artists.

ReduxReview:  Sticking with the ballad format he established, this one is okay but doesn't come close to his best hits. It's a big quiet for Manilow. Although there is a key change, there isn't any massive ending to it like a good chunk of his hit ballads. And it kind of slightly borders on country crossover. I don't think this was a good single choice. A bit of a snoozer.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Manilow's popularity in the US didn't translate to the UK until around this time. Prior to this he had only five chart singles there with the best effort being "Mandy" at #11. But then another song from the "Barry" album, "Bermuda Triangle," ended up hitting #15 and it started a string of chart entries that lasted over his next few album.


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