Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"Oh No" by Commodores

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0758
Date:  09/26/1981
Debut:  71
Peak:  4
Weeks:  20
Genre:  R&B, Pop

Pop Bits:  After the upbeat "Lady (You Bring Me Up)" (#8) from their album "In the Pocket," the group trotted out another Lionel Richie-penned ballad for the follow-up. Richie was starting to make a name for himself as a solo artist and his "Endless Love" duet (with Diana Ross) was occupying the #1 slot when this single was issued. The duet's success probably helped push this Richie-lead song up the chart.

ReduxReview:  I do admit that I fell for this song when it came out. It was a great vehicle for Richie and setup the sound for many of his future solo hits. It has a slight country feel, which is not totally surprising since Richie was working with Kenny Rogers at the time. I was always a little surprised a major country artist didn't cover this tune. I still enjoy the song and would put it on a list of Richie's best compositions.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  The Commodores met while attending college at Tuskeegee University. Members came together from two other groups in 1968. By 1972 they were signed to Motown and two years later issued their debut LP "Machine Gun," which featured the #22 title track (#7 R&B).


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