Monday, June 9, 2014

"That Girl" by Stevie Wonder

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  0880
Date:  01/16/1982
Debut:  72
Peak:  4
Weeks:  18
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  After his successful "Hotter Than July" album, Wonder issued a new hits compilation entitled "Stevie Wonder's Original Musiquarium I." The double LP contained key hits and album tracks from his 70s output in addition to four new tracks. One of the new songs was this first single from the album. It bounced right up into the pop Top 10 while spending nine weeks atop the R&B chart. The song would get him a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Song.

ReduxReview:  This is a favorite of mine from his later hits. It's got a nice, slinky groove that still stands up today. It doesn't seem to be a popular entry from his catalog these days, which is surprising since it was such a huge hit at R&B. I think his "classic" songs seem to grab all the attention and terrific tunes like this kind of get ignored. So if you haven't been listening to these "lesser" hits, get to his catalog pronto!

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  Although Wonder would go on to have further hits and release other compilations, there never was a second "Original Musiquarium" ever issued.


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