Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"Sweet Merilee" by Donnie Iris

Song#:  0798
Date:  10/31/1981
Debut:  91
Peak:  80
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Iris' first album with his group The Cruisers featured the #29 single "Ah! Leah!" His follow-up disc "King Cool" started off a bit rocky with this first single not able to dig out of the bottom quarter of the chart. A second single would do far better, but the album still couldn't quite match the success of his first.

ReduxReview:  There are some "ah's" in the chorus and another female name, but it doesn't equate to another "Ah! Leah!" It is still a good tune with a solid chorus that seems like it would have sounded great on the radio. Not sure why this one stalled out so early.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  The album "King Cool" got its name from a review in a Toronto paper. A music writer had seen Donnie Iris and the Cruisers when they were doing a gig in Toronto. The show was well-reviewed and it went on to say that Iris was the "new king of cool." That line provided the inspiration for the album title.


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