Tuesday, October 8, 2013

"Since I Don't Have You" by Don McLean

Song#:  0566
Date:  04/11/1981
Debut:  71
Peak:  23
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  McLean's #5 remake of "Crying" gave him a mini career revival. His follow-up single was another revived oldie and although it didn't get close to the Top 10, it did pretty well and kept McLean on the chart for a while longer.

ReduxReview:  An old-fashioned song done in an old-fashioned way and I'm a bit surprised it did this well on the chart. I can see where it would do well at AC (where it did reach #6), but seems a bit dated for pop radio at the time. I appreciate the song and McLean does a fine version, but its not my thing.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  This popular old doo-wop song has been covered many times with five versions hitting the chart over the years. The biggest hit still remains the original by The Skyliners who took it to #12 in 1959. The last version of the song to reach the chart was a Guns N' Roses cover which reached #69 in 1994.


1 comment:

  1. 7/10 for me, not quite as good as The Skyliners' or Art Garfunkel's versions but definitely far better than Guns 'N Roses' version (which I've hated with a passion yet I'm a big Guns 'N Roses fan)