Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"You Are Forever" by Smokey Robinson

Song#:  0644
Date:  06/20/1981
Debut:  79
Peak:  59
Weeks:  7
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Robinson was at the peak of his solo career with the single "Being with You" (#2) being his biggest pop hit and the same-titled album reaching #10 - his only solo album to do so. Unfortunately, this follow-up single petered out quickly and killed the momentum, as did most of his early-to-mid 80s singles. It would take another six years before he would see the Top 10 again.

ReduxReview:  Although written by Robinson (as was "Being with You"), it is just not as strong as that hit. It's a pleasant song, but it just pales in comparison when put next to that song or his other hits. It couldn't make much headway on the R&B chart either peaking at #31.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  In addition to hits with The Miracles and his own solo works, Robinson also wrote major hits for other artists including classics like "My Guy" (Mary Wells, #1, 1964), "The Way You Do the Things You Do" (The Temptations, #11, 1964), and "My Girl" (The Temptations, #1, 1965).


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