Sunday, May 4, 2014

"If I Were You" by Lulu

Song#:  0827
Date:  11/21/1981
Debut:  85
Peak:  44
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Lulu had just reached the Top 20 for the first time since 1967 with "I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do)" (#18). This follow-up single from her album "Lulu" almost cracked the Top 40. Unfortunately, it became here final pop entry. She issued another single from the album called "Who's Foolin' Who," but it failed to chart. However, that song got her a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Female Vocalist.

ReduxReview:  I didn't like the original version of this (see below - I rated it a 3) and I have to say that besides enjoying Lulu's voice, the song still doesn't offer much. In addition to her voice, I think Lulu's version is also better because it is sung by a female. For me, it just works better as an AC tune with a woman singing. It's still not a great song, but I'll easily take Lulu's version over the other.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  This song was originally recorded by the group Toby Beau. Their version was issued as a single in 1980 and it reached #70 on the chart. With Lulu's version hitting the chart, this marks the first time a charting single in the 80s hit the chart again by another artist.


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