Friday, March 28, 2014

"Run to Me" by Savoy Brown

Song#:  0770
Date:  10/10/1981
Debut:  90
Peak:  68
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Pop, Rock

Pop Bits:  This UK band began life in 1965 with guitarist Kim Simmonds forming the group. As part of the whole British blues-rock movement going on at the time, the band was successful, but never really broke wide into the mainstream like some of their contemporaries. It took a while for them to make some inroads in the US but they finally got into the Top 100 of the album chart with 1969's "A Step Further," (#71) which featured the #74 single "I'm Tired." Despite constant personnel changes, the group continued to put albums on the chart over the next decade. The German pressing of their 1981 LP "Rock 'n' Roll Warriors" featured this single that would be their best (and last) pop chart entry.

ReduxReview:  This in no way sounds like British blues-rock. I'm sure things changed over the years for the group and this single may be an oddity in the catalog. I actually like the tune and it has a nice retro-60s girl group sound that gets amped up. I can't say I'd dive into their catalog at all after this, but I did enjoy this single.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) This song was a cover of the 1980 single from the UK group Smokie (not to be confused with the Bee Gee's #16 hit from 1972). It was released as a single only and not included on any of Smokie's proper studio LPs.  2) The group was famous for featuring a new/altered line-up of members practically each year. Throughout the band's history, only founder Kim Simmonds remained as the only original member. More than 60 other musicians were considered a member of the band at some point in time. This inconsistency has been long considered a contributing factor as to why the band didn't achieve wider popularity. In 1970, as a four-member band they recorded the album "Looking In." Soon after, three members left the group to form Foghat, which left Simmonds by himself and forming a completely new Savoy Brown.


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