Wednesday, November 6, 2013

"Hearts" by Marty Balin

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0610
Date:  05/23/1981
Debut:  86
Peak:  8
Weeks:  21
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  As a founding member of Jefferson Airplane (and later Jefferson Starship), Balin was already in the spotlight as a lead singer and a songwriter ("Miracles," #3, 1975). By 1978 he decided to leave the group and a few years later embarked on a solo career. His first LP, "Balin," featured this single that rose into the Top 10. This made him the only former member of Jefferson Airplane/Starship to reach the Top 10 with a solo single.

ReduxReview:  I bought this single back in the day because it was such a nice, quiet and smooth tune. And I think it still hold up. I like Balin's vocal on it. He kind of croons it and the style fits the song well. I didn't know who he was when this came out and I was surprised to find out he was in Airplane/Starship as this song seemed too AC for someone from a major rock group. But it worked.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  This was not Balin's first foray into a solo career. When he began in music, he signed to Challenge Records as a solo artist and released two singles for the label in 1962 that didn't go anywhere. He then joined a folk quartet called The Town Criers. By 1965 he hit the rock 'n' roll jackpot when he founded the psychedelic Jefferson Airplane.


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