Thursday, April 3, 2014

"I Surrender" by Arlan Day

Song#:  0779
Date:  10/17/1981
Debut:  90
Peak:  71
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  It can be fun and interesting to find out what happened to an artist after their time on the chart came to an end (and in cases like this, barely got started). Information on Arlan Day was minimal at best. The most you could find was that he was born in Manchester, England, under the name Alan Green. He got signed to the CBS label Pasha and issued the LP "I Surrender," which featured this low-charting title track single. But a search under his real name got me to a sight that told me a lot more. Green got involved in Shakespearean history and the ongoing controversy of whether Shakespeare really wrote his works or if someone else did. His research lead him to author the 2011 "I, Shakespeare," a puzzle-oriented book, and compose a musical based on the subject called "Bard," which apparently will debut in 2016. But way before all this, Green (aka Arlan Day) landed on the pop chart for a brief moment and hit #27 at AC.

ReduxReview:  While I wouldn't say this is a lost treasure of the 80s, I would say it is an interesting find. It has a nice SoCal pop/jazz sound that is easy and breezy. Nothing about it will blow you away, but it's certainly pleasant enough hear while enjoying cocktails on a sunny day.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Green's publishing career started much earlier. Back in 1986, he wrote a book that is considered the first desktop-self-published celebrity book. Along with Monkee Davy Jones, Green wrote "They Made a Monkee Out of Me" on his MacPlus computer. Green had been Jones' musical manager and friend and the bio ended up becoming a hit. Green followed that with "Mutant Monkees," which won an award at MacExpo for best desktop-published book in 1992.


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