Monday, August 11, 2014

"If I Could Get You (Into My Life)" by Gene Cotton

Song#:  0944
Date:  03/13/1982
Debut:  96
Peak:  76
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Singer/Songwriter

Pop Bits:  Cotton had some minor success in the late 70s, but with a sound that bordered on several genres (pop, country, folk), his music seemed to have difficulty fitting into any of the radio formats, causing a lack of support. His best effort came in 1978 with his album "Save the Dancer," which spawned three Top 40 entries, the best being the #23 "Before My Heart Finds Out." His follow-up LPs didn't fare well and this single from his "Eclispe of the Blue Moon" album became his final chart entry.

ReduxReview:  Cotton's album "Save the Dancer" has slowly crept up my list of all-time favorites. It's a terrific pop album with a title track that should not be missed. It also includes "You're a Part of Me," his duet with Kim Carnes that was her very first pop chart entry in 1978 (#36). Actually, I think this song may feature background vocals by Carnes. I can't confirm it, but she has a distinct voice and it certainly sounds like her. This song is another solid entry by Cotton. I like his voice and he can pen a good tune. I need to get a couple of his old LPs at some point. They may not be as good as "Save the Dancer," but I'm sure there are a few great lost tracks on them.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Cotton ran for a seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives in 2001. He was unsuccessful, but remains active in local issues and programs.


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