Friday, August 29, 2014

"The Gigolo" by O'Bryan

Song#:  0966
Date:  03/27/1982
Debut:  82
Peak:  57
Weeks:  9
Genre:  R&B, Funk

Pop Bits:  O'Bryan Burnette got signed to the Capitol label with an assist from "Soul Train's" Don Cornelius. His debut LP "Doin' Alright" got issued and this first single became an R&B hit reaching #5. The song saw a little pop chart action, but it wasn't enough to really create any major crossover appeal. It would be his only pop chart entry. However, he had a run of several R&B chart singles over the course of four albums for Capitol including the #1 song "Lovelite" in 1984.

ReduxReview:  Whoa! This just screams 80s funk with the chintzy keyboard sound, the horns, the "whooshing" sound, the falsetto, etc. It's pretty hilarious. I know I've never heard this song because I'm 100% sure I'd remember this. It all sounds as if O'Bryan was the result of a Prince-Rick James gene splicing. It's all a little crazy but kind of fun.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  O'Bryan co-wrote many of his songs with Don Cornelius. The connection to Cornelius was a benefit in many ways including having an O'Bryan song serve as the theme to Cornelius' show "Soul Train" for four years. "Soul Train's A' Comin'" was co-written by the pair and it appeared on O'Bryan's second album, "You and I."


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