Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"I'm in Love Again" by Pia Zadora

Song#:  0961
Date:  03/27/1982
Debut:  87
Peak:  45
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Zadora started in entertainment at an early age performing in the original Broadway production of "Fiddler on the Roof" in 1964. She moved on to film, modeling work, and then music. Initially working with country material, she released several singles in the late 70s that did hit the lower reaches of the country chart. Then after winning a controversial Golden Globe as Best New Star for her role in the film "Butterfly," Zadora switched over to pop music and released her debut album "Pia." This first single performed better than any of her country singles, but it still could not manager a Top 40 showing.

ReduxReview:  I actually have a 2nd degree connection to Pia Zadora. My former boss used to manage her tours and lighting later in the 80s and his wife played violin in her band. Regardless of her rep in the business, they loved her and thought highly of her. I never got to meet her but I did briefly speak with her on the phone. At my former job you never knew who was going to show up in the office or be on the other end of the phone line. Anyway, the switch to pop may have been a better fit for her but this Dionne Warwick-lite tune was not a good choice. It's a dated song that's about five years too late. Zadora can carry a tune, but there is something odd about her voice that I've never really liked. I think it just may be too theatrical for basic pop music.

ReduxRating:  2/10

Trivia:  In 1977, Zadora married wealthy businessman Meshumla Riklis, who was 31-years her senior. Zadora was trying to kick-start her acting career with the 1982 film "Butterfly." The notorious bomb was savaged by critics yet somehow Zadora nabbed that Golden Globe. Many attributed the win to her husband spending scads of money on ads and flying GG members to a Vegas show starring Pia. She may have won the Globe, but that year she also won two Golden Raspberry awards for Worst Actress and Worst New Star. Zadora starred in a few more films but none could establish her as a credible movie star.


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