Monday, February 3, 2014

"A Heart in New York" by Art Garfunkel

Song#:  0703
Date:  08/08/1981
Debut:  83
Peak:  66
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Adult Contemporary, Singer/Songwriter

Pop Bits:  The other half of Simon & Garfunkel maintained a solo career post-breakup, but it just wasn't as prolific as Simon's hit-making output. Garfunkel's best solo outing was the #9 "All I Know" in 1973. He would occasionally put a song on the chart with five of them reaching the Top 40. His first three albums did quite well, but his fourth effort "Scissors Cut" was not well-received. This first single from the LP couldn't even reach mid-chart (although it did reach #10 AC) and both it and the album sank. The song would be his last solo single to get on the chart.

ReduxReview:  I can't say this is a great single, but it is a good tune with a nice late-70s singer/songwriter feel. It just seems a little out of place against the music styles of the day on the chart. I doubt this song will stick in my memory, but it's certainly a pleasant song to hear.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) This album was Garfunkel's first following the suicide of his girlfriend Laurie Bird while he was in Europe doing a film. The loss devastated Garfunkel and he spent much of the 80s reclusive and depressed. He would not released a new solo album until 1988's "Lefty."  2) The song was written by the Scottish duo Gallagher and Lyle, who had a couple of chart entries in the mid-70s. Garfunkel would go on to sing the song at Simon & Garfunkel's 1981 concert in Central Park. Later in 1997, Garth Brooks would also perform the song at his own Central Park concert.


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