Friday, September 12, 2014

"A Night to Remember" by Shalamar

Song#:  0988
Date:  04/10/1982
Debut:  82
Peak:  44
Weeks:  10
Genre:  R&B, Dance

Pop Bits:  Shalamar had a bit of a bump in the road after their 1980 gold album "Three for Love." Their label was switching distributors and contracts required Shalamar to deliver an LP for the old distributor. The trio ended up recording two albums with the first of them, "Go for It," released to satisfy their obligation. It was under-promoted with only one single reaching the R&B Top 20. Now set up with a new deal, they released the other LP, "Friends." Thanks mainly to this single that hit #8 at R&B, the album returned them to gold status while became their one and only #1 R&B album. At pop, the single just missed out on a Top 40 appearance.

ReduxReview:  I'm not sure what really prevented this song from heading up the chart further. It was certainly worthy. I have a feeling that it was just too dance-oriented. Post-disco dance songs were not really finding a home on the pop chart at the time, so there could have still been some resistance to the genre following the death of disco. It's a shame as this is a quality entry from the trio.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Although they had some prior minor success in the UK, the group scored a major breakthrough hit with this song. It reached #5 while the album hit #6. Two other Top 10 singles from the album followed. The success was partially attributed to trio member Jeffery Daniel's body-popping moves and moonwalk (pre-Michael Jackson) during the group's performance of this song on BBC's "Top of the Pops" TV show. He caused a sensation and as a result the group received a lot of attention.


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