Monday, May 19, 2014

"All Our Tomorrows" by Eddie Schwartz

Song#:  0852
Date:  12/12/1981
Debut:  80
Peak:  28
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Canadian singer/songwriter Schwartz kicked off his career with his 1980 debut LP "Schwartz." It proved to be popular in his home country and his next album "No Refuge" expanded his audience into the US when this first single cracked the Top 30. He would issue one more album before shifting his career to the songwriter/producer side of the business where he had success with artists like The Doobie Brothers, Paul Carrack, and Rita Coolidge.

ReduxReview:  I'd swear I've never heard this song before, but being a devote listener of the "American Top 40" radio show around this time, I must have heard it. Why don't I remember it? Probably because the song is a bit...well...unmemorable. I never would had pegged this as being a chart contender. It's nicely written and performed, but the song is nothing that would catch my ear on radio or anywhere. And knowing that he has written other great material (see below), I'm surprised this is the one that got issued and did a little business.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) At this point in his career, Schwartz was more interested in becoming a performer than a professional songwriter. But before his solo career took off, one of his songs got recorded by another artist and became a major hit. Pat Benatar scored with Schwartz's "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" in 1980 (#9).  2) Joe Cocker covered this song for his 1987 album "Unchain My Heart."


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