Friday, August 15, 2014

"If I Had My Wish Tonight" by David Lasley

Song#:  0948
Date:  03/13/1982
Debut:  82
Peak:  36
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Blue-Eyed Soul

Pop Bits:  While his name may not be familiar, most everyone has heard David Lasley's songs and voice. In the 70s, Lasley was a prolific songwriter and background vocalist beginning in the 70s. He sang on hundreds of recordings by major artists like Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Cher, Chic, and most notably James Taylor. Lasley spent many years touring with Taylor and has provided vocals on most all of his albums since 1979's "Flag." Lasley got his own chance at a solo career when he became the third artist signed by David Geffen for the Geffen label (after Donna Summer and Elton John). His first album for Geffen, "Missin' Twenty Grand," got great critical reaction and this first single reached the Top 40. Unfortunately, it would be his only chart song and after one more LP, he was dropped from Geffen.

ReduxReview:  Strangely, Lasley didn't write this one. It's a Dave Loggins/Randy Goodrum tune that fits Lasley and his soulful falsetto well. But as pleasant as the song is to hear, I don't think it is that strong of a single. It's really Lasley's voice that makes this song. If anyone else had sung it, chances are it would be a pretty bland album cut. Although I appreciate and admire Lasley's voice, I'm not sure if I could listen to it for a full album. I think it could get grating. However, as proved by his long-standing career, it's perfect to back other artists.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Lasley's songs have been recorded by numerous high-profile artists. He has had more chart success as a writer (or co-writer) than a solo artist with songs like "Lead Me On" by Maxine Nightingale (#5, 1979) and "JoJo" by Boz Scaggs (#17, 1980) leading the way.


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