Sunday, October 13, 2013

"Is It You" by Lee Ritenour

Song#:  0574
Date:  04/25/1981
Debut:  90
Peak:  15
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Jazz guitarist Ritenour had become one of the top session players around L.A. during the 70s appearing on hundreds of recordings by everyone from Streisand to Pink Floyd. He started his own solo career in 1976 with the crossover jazz LP "First Course." He would continue releasing jazz-oriented discs through the rest of the 70s, but by 1981 he moved to incorporate more pop/rock into his tunes and brought on ΓΌber-producer David Foster and vocalist co-writer Eric Tagg. The result was the well-crafted LP "Rit" and this first single got him into the Top 20 of the pop chart.

ReduxReview:  The title and artist I knew, but for the life of me could not remember the tune. A few seconds in, I knew exactly what it was. I haven't heard this in mega-years. I think it is a lovely piece of SoCal jazzy pop. It was kind of in-fashion at the time and with other jazz-based folks crossing over onto the pop chart, the timing was perfect.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Ritenour was given the nickname Captain Fingers due to his dexterity on the guitar. Eventually he would name his third album "Captain Fingers" in 1977.


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