Saturday, October 5, 2013

"One More Chance" by Diana Ross

Song#:  0562
Date:  04/11/1981
Debut:  85
Peak:  79
Weeks:  5
Genre:  R&B, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Ross was in the process of leaving Motown for RCA and had a few more tracks she owed the label. These tracks were combined with a few previously released songs to create the semi-compilation album "To Love Again." Four of the tracks on side A were brand new including this first single from the album. It didn't really find a home on any of the charts and quietly went away after a few weeks. A follow-up single, "Cryin' My Heart Out for You," failed to get anywhere. The semi-compilation mustered up a #32 peak, but failed to even go gold.

ReduxReview:  I think this was just a desperation toss for cashing in on a single before Ross left Motown. It didn't work. The song is an okay slice of AC, but it's not even close to being single worthy. The end part of the song is probably the best, but it kind of drones on way too long. Pretty good for an album track, but not much here to make radio pay attention.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Ross also did films with her most famous role being her Oscar-nominated turn as Billie Holiday in "Lady Sings the Blues" (1972). As time and roles allowed, she would do films but they were not as well-received. At one point, she offered to be cast in a movie with Ryan O'Neal in which she would be a famous singer. The movie got scrapped and the script set on the sidelines. However, it did get revived in the 90s and eventually became a vehicle for Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner - "The Bodyguard."


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