Thursday, September 19, 2013

"Somebody Send My Baby Home" by Lenny LeBlanc

Song#:  0543
Date:  03/28/1981
Debut:  87
Peak:  55
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  LeBlanc found himself as part of the Muscle Shoals musician ring when his friend Pete Carr, who had become a successful producer, encouraged him to make the move to Alabama. After performing on recordings by many famous artists, LeBlanc went on a solo path and with the help of Carr got his first self-titled LP released in 1976. The label encouraged a partnership between the two and the LeBlanc & Carr duo was born. They eked out a couple of minor chart singles initially, but in 1977 they reached the Top 20 with the ballad "Falling" (#13). Carr wasn't that fond of being an artist and retreated back to the boards leaving LeBlanc to continue on solo. His album "Breakthrough" contained this chart entry. It would be his final single on the pop chart.

ReduxReview:  "Falling" was a pretty great pop ballad (if you listen to it, you should recognize it - kind of a forgotten song). This one is just okay. It's a good listen but I don't think it is strong enough to really make an impact. The chorus is kind of subdued and it all kind of lazily drifts along. But in a very pleasant way.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Following his "Breakthrough" album, LeBlanc turned to the Contemporary Christian market and continued recording. He placed several songs on the CCM chart and in 2003 was nominated for two Dove awards - one as Songwriter of the Year and one as co-writer of the Michael W. Smith song "Above All."


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