Tuesday, November 26, 2013

"Rich Man" by Terri Gibbs

Song#:  0636
Date:  06/20/1981
Debut:  95
Peak:  89
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Country Crossover

Pop Bits:  Gibbs' debut single "Somebody's Knockin'," was a surprise success hitting #13 pop and #7 country. It would be her biggest hit on both charts. This follow-up single couldn't quite get out of the pop chart basement and at country it peaked just inside the Top 20 at #19. It would be her last song to reach the pop chart. She would go on to have three more country Top 20 entries with her last charting song coming in 1987.

ReduxReview:  This kind of borders on blue-eyed soul ala Dusty Springfield or maybe along the lines of Bobby Gentry. It's actually not a bad song, but I just find Gibbs' delivery kind of flat. I have a feeling she may sound better live than on record. She obviously has talent, but I'm just not sure it comes across on vinyl.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  After her hit debut album, Gibbs' major label follow-ups couldn't repeat the success. After four more studio albums, she switch gears and turned to Contemporary Christian music. Her first effort in that market, 1987's "Turn Around," was well-received and got her a Grammy nomination. She would record two more albums and then retired from the music business. Although she is still an active musician, she spends most of her time working with various ministry-based organizations.


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