Thursday, October 24, 2013

"You're So Easy to Love" by Tommy James

Song#:  0592
Date:  05/09/1981
Debut:  86
Peak:  58
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  The previous year James had his second biggest solo hit with the #19 "Three Times in Love" from the album of the same name. James then had this single come out and it couldn't really do much on the chart. It's assumed that this single would have previewed his next album, but James' label, Millennium, was having financial issues around this time and most likely could not afford the promotion or recording of a new LP, especially since this single wasn't a significant hit. The label ended up closing a couple of years later. It also brought an end to James solo career at the time and this song would serve as his final chart song.

ReduxReview:  This is a fairly weak song and the arrangement/recording doesn't have much umph to it. I think because of that it just kind of moseys along with very little to capture your attention. It's not bad - just bland like a lot of inoffensive MOR tunes.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  James and his group The Shondells were signed to the infamous Roulette Records. The company was well-known for letting their artists have creative freedom, but the trade off was not paying them. James chronicled a lot of what went on in his autobiography saying that the label was a front for organized crime that included money laundering. If artists needed money, they basically had to go and get their own gigs to earn some. The label kept most of their royalties for other purposes. Many years later when the Roulette catalog was acquired by Rhino/Warner, James finally started to receive back royalty payments for his work - as much as six-figures.


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