Saturday, November 16, 2013

"Queen of Hearts" by Juice Newton

Top 10 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  0624
Date:  05/30/1981
Debut:  76
Peak:  2
Weeks:  27
Genre:  Pop, Country Crossover

Pop Bits:  Newton followed up her smash remake of Merrilee Rush's "Angel of the Morning" (#4) with this second single from her "Juice" album. This single even exceeded the previous one hitting #2 and becoming her biggest hit on the pop chart. It was also her second gold single in a row and her biggest hit to that point on the country chart (#14). Newton receive a Grammy nod for the song for Best Country & Western Vocal Performance, Female.

ReduxReview:  Here is another dorkily good song.  I say that because people kind of chuckle when the song is brought up or when it starts playing it is met with a few "oh man - stupid song" comments. But barely through the first chorus people are usually boppin' to it. Or you are grabbing a hairbrush like a mic and singing to the cat (not that I've done that...well...maybe). It's just a fun song and a bit of irresistible pop-country.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Like "Angel of the Morning," this song is a remake, but just not as well-known. The song was originally recorded by Dave Edmunds in 1979 and he had a hit with the song in the UK where it reached #11. It was also recorded by Rodney Crowell in 1980, but it was not issued as a single.


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