Thursday, June 26, 2014

"My Guy" by Sister Sledge

Song#:  0898
Date:  01/30/1982
Debut:  81
Peak:  23
Weeks:  15
Genre:  R&B, Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  The siblings' sixth album, "The Sisters," became the first that they self-produced. For the lead-off single, they chose this cover tune (see below) that got them back into the pop Top 30 while peaking at #14 at R&B. It was far more successful at AC where it reached #2 - their best effort on that chart. It would be their last major success for them in the US. In a couple of years, the group would have a small streak of hits in the UK.

ReduxReview:  A classic song done with little flare. It's painless to listen to, but it's so bland that even a modern doctor or dentist office would probably reject it from their waiting room mix. I don't think the Sisters really put their stamp on this one. Had they done it in an old girl-group or Andrews Sisters style, they might have had a bigger hit. As-is, I'm still surprised it did so well at the time.

ReduxRating:  3/10

Trivia:  This song is a remake of Mary Wells' #1 hit from 1964. Written and produced by Smokey Robinson, it would be her signature tune and her biggest hit on the pop chart. In addition to Sister Sledge, two other artists hit the chart with their versions. Petula Clark reached #70 in 1972 and a duet version titled "My Guy/My Girl" by Amii Stewart and Johnny Bristol reached #63 in 1980.


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