Sunday, March 9, 2014

"Steal the Night" by Stevie Woods

Song#:  0741
Date:  09/12/1981
Debut:  82
Peak:  25
Weeks:  21
Genre:  R&B, Pop

Steal the Night by Stevie Woods on Grooveshark

Pop Bits:  With a lean towards pop, this single ended up peaking higher there than at R&B, where it only reached #36. The song would end up being his best pop showing and it was the first single from Woods' debut album "Take Me to Your Heaven," which briefly showed up on the lower end of the album chart.

ReduxReview:  The song kind takes some notes from the smooth sounds going on at the time from artist like Al Jarreau, George Benson, etc. It keeps up with those artists' hits pretty well and he has a pleasant, if unspectacular, voice. The song has gotten lost over the years and I think it may be because it's simply a good song that has nothing unique or truly memorable to offer.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) Woods recently passed away on 1/28/14, just the week prior to me writing this post.  2) He had a soon-to-be famous cousin who was an actor, Philip Michael Thomas. Thomas would begin as co-lead on the hit show "Miami Vice" in 1984. Music from the show proved to be popular and not wanting to miss out, Thomas recorded a couple of albums during that time with neither selling or producing hits. Odd note - Thomas is the person responsible for coming up with "EGOT," which is the acronym used to describe winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. At one point Thomas said he planned on winning them all. However, he has yet to be nominated for a single one.


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