Wednesday, December 18, 2013

"Really Wanna Know You" by Gary Wright

Song#:  0659
Date:  07/04/1981
Debut:  80
Peak:  16
Weeks:  17
Genre:  Pop, Rock

Really Wanna Know You by Gary Wright on Grooveshark

Pop Bits:  American Wright spent several years with the English group Spooky Tooth providing many of the vocals and songs. Although he had a couple of solo efforts under his belt released while the group was together, it was after the band split in 1974 that Wright hit it out of the park with his album "The Dream Weaver." That LP was a hit that spawned two #2 hits - "Dream Weaver" and "Love Is Alive." Unfortunately, his follow-up albums and singles failed to generate much interest. Before disappearing from the charts completely, Wright was able to get one last single and album on the charts. His album "The Right Place" featured this Top 20 entry.

ReduxReview:  This will happen on occasion, but I don't remember this song at all. By this time, I was faithfully listening to American Top 40 each week and if a song spent some time on the chart, I'd either know the song, recognize it, or at least recognize the title. This one rings zero bells with me even though it went Top 20. It's odd because the song is good and it sounds like something I might have liked back in the day. It kind of has that same space-pop feel as his "Dream Weaver" hit and reminds me of 10cc a bit. This song seems to have gotten lost over the years and I think it's prime for a rediscovery.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) This song was co-written by Ali Thompson who the previous year had his lone Top 20 hit with "Take a Little Rhythm."  2) In younger days, Wright got his initial showbiz as a child actor. Most likely his best outing was in the original Broadway cast of the 1954 musical, "Fanny." He originated one role and moved to another role later on. Also in the cast was Florence Henderson ("The Brady Bunch") who originated the title role.


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