Wednesday, March 26, 2014

"I Want You, I Need You" by Chris Christian

Song#:  0767
Date:  10/03/1981
Debut:  82
Peak:  37
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Christian first enjoyed some success in music via the Mike Curb-assembled group Cotton, Lloyd and Christian. The trio hit #66 in 1975 with "I Go to Pieces," a remake of Peter & Gordon's #9 hit in 1965 (written by Del Shannon). A few years later he was the first artist signed to Boardwalk Records (soon to be home of Joan Jett) and his self-titled debut album was issued that featured this first single. It made the Top 40 and also reached Top 10 at AC. He would continue to record over the years but soon his main focus turned to songwriting and producing for many major artist like Olivia Newton-John, The Pointer Sisters, Sheena Easton, and Natalie Cole.

ReduxReview:  I remembered the song title and name but couldn't remember the song - that is until the chorus kicked in. Then it all came flooding back. This is a solid entry in that pop/AC singer/songwriter area where folks like Stephen Bishop or Robbie Dupree hung out. It still sounds nice and I may have to add it to my iTunes so it doesn't get forgotten again.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) The background vocals on this song were done by Cheryl Ladd (of "Charlie's Angels"). She originally moved to Hollywood to pursue a music career and was the voice of Melody on the cartoon "Josie and the Pussycats," which led to more acting gigs. But her success in "Charlie's Angels" allowed her to record an album and the single "Think It Over" reach #34 in 1978.  2) Fittingly, Christian later turned to the Christian market and released several albums. He was also responsible for signing Amy Grant and he produced her debut album.


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