Tuesday, February 11, 2014

"Silly" by Deniece Williams

Song#:  0711
Date:  08/15/1981
Debut:  88
Peak:  53
Weeks:  10
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Williams gained experience and connections in the early 70s touring with Stevie Wonder in his backup vocal group called Wonderlove. She then signed with Columbia in 1975 and a year later her first single, "Free," reached #2 at R&B (#25 pop). This helped her debut album reach gold status. After an unsuccessful second LP, she teamed with Johnny Mathis for an album that yielded her first #1 pop and R&B hit, "Too Much Too Little Too Late." After another minor album, Williams returned with the LP "My Melody" and this single from it got almost halfway up the chart while reaching #11 at R&B. The album would be her third to go gold.

ReduxReview:  I don't know why I don't get into R&B ballads. There are a few I do like, but for the most part they just seem to meander and provide little to remember. This one is a cut above the norm and is quite well-done, but I listened to this three times and about 10 minutes after doing that, I couldn't even hum a single bar of it. Williams sounds great and the tune is lovely, but it just doesn't stay with me.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Back in the late 60s, Williams got her first break as an artist when she recorded for the small Lock Records label. At the time she used her real surname and was billed as Deniece Chandler. Her recordings didn't get anywhere at the time but later on when the UK's Northern Soul scene took off, one of her singles, "I'm Walking Away," became a popular favorite at the clubs.


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