Tuesday, March 18, 2014

"My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)" by Chilliwack

Song#:  0756
Date:  09/26/1981
Debut:  81
Peak:  22
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Pop, Rock

Pop Bits:  In the US, this group kind of has a one-hit-wonder vibe thanks to this single, which was their best showing on the US chart. However, prior to this song they did have four others that reached the lower end of the chart beginning with 1972's "Lonesome Mary" (#75). In their homeland of Canada they were established stars who had six Top 10 hits and numerous other chart entries. They might have been even more successful but they seemed to be plagued with label issues and had to switch several times. By the time this single from their ninth album "Wanna Be a Star" came out, the group was pared down to a trio. The album would be their most successful and this single became their first (and only) Canadian #1.

ReduxReview:  This is another one of those almost-forgotten 80s tunes until it started appearing on several compilations. Thanks to those the song had lived on quite a ways past its heyday. I liked it back in the day, but didn't really love it. I enjoy it a lot more now and with the "gone, gone, gone" part, I've always been a little surprised it didn't do better on the chart.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  The group began as The Classics in 1964 and then changed their name to The Collectors a couple of years later. They issued two psychedelic pop albums in the late 60s that got them a couple of minor chart singles. After a personnel change, the group became Chilliwack in 1970 and issued their self-titled debut album. Their last album came out in 1984.


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