Tuesday, June 3, 2014

"Call Me" by Skyy

Song#:  0872
Date:  01/16/1982
Debut:  87
Peak:  26
Weeks:  11
Genre:  R&B, Dance, Funk

Pop Bits:  This New York group was initially founded in the mid-70s by the three Dunning sisters (Denise, Delores, and Bonnie) and Robert Solomon, Jr. They hired musicians to fill out the band and by 1979 they issued their self-titled debut for the Salsoul label. It wasn't a major success, but it got them going and their next two albums gained a little momentum with some middling R&B chart songs. They finally hit it big with this first single from their fourth album, "Skyy Line." The song rose to #1 at R&B and became their first crossover pop hit. It also reached #3 on the dance chart. It would be their only Top 40 hit at pop, but they would go on to get two more #1's at R&B.

ReduxReview:  It has the same title as Blondie's recent #1, but it's not as strong as that hit. However, the song is a solid piece of R&B/funk that almost sounds like something from a Rick James-offshoot group and it can get your feet movin'. If your body is a-groovin' then it's all good.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  After their self-titled debut LP, their next seven albums (which included two compilations) were titled using a word or phrase that included "sky," but replacing that word with their name. Therefore, the albums got titled "Skyyway," "Skyyport," "Skyy Line," "Skyyjammer," "Skyylight," "Skyy Flyy," and "Skyy High." They must have run out of sky-words because their late-80s output received regular titles that didn't include the group name.


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