Friday, November 29, 2013

"Lady (You Bring Me Up)" by The Commodores

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0640
Date:  06/20/1981
Debut:  84
Peak:  8
Weeks:  22
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  The group scored two #1 ballads in the late 70s ("Three Times a Lady" and "Still") and continued to be ballad-heavy moving into the 80s, which pretty much brought a halt to their hit streak. They made a change and with their next LP, "In the Pocket," and issued this uptempo first single that got them back into the Top 10 (#5 R&B). This eighth pop Top 10 for them would appropriately peak at #8.

ReduxReview:   The Richie ballads were basically taking over and they were on the verge of becoming a smooth pop/AC group. Luckily, this single came along and rescued them. It was a fresh blast from them and, for me, one of their best hits.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  The lead vocal duties of the group were usually shared by Lionel Richie and Walter "Clyde" Orange. But as Richie's penned ballads that he sang were becoming major hits, he started to become the voice and face of the group. Although this song was not written by Richie, he did handle the lead vocals and it only increased his popularity. This would be his final album before leaving for a solo career.


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