Thursday, September 25, 2014

"Just Another Day in Paradise" by Bertie Higgins

Song#:  1009
Date:  05/01/1982
Debut:  86
Peak:  46
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  After many years in the music biz, Higgins finally scored a hit with the gold record "Key Largo" (#8 pop, #1 AC). He followed it up with this title-track single to his album "Just Another Day in Paradise." Although it reached the AC Top 10 (#10), the song was unable to push into the pop Top 40 and it would be his last pop chart entry. Higgins would record a follow-up album, but without a significant hit, the album failed to chart. He would record several more albums over the years and continue to do tours and appearances with his group The Band of Pirates.

ReduxReview:  This must have been a hit on our local station as I remember this song quite well even though it didn't reach the Top 40. Higgins kind of comes off like a minor league version of Jimmy Buffett here, but it works fine for him. Higgins played up the whole island-paradise angle with his songs and personna and made a pretty decent career of it. He would revisit the movie tie-ins as well with tunes like "Casablanca" and "Gone with the Wind." This song deserved to do a bit better, but seems like most folks had enough after "Key Largo."

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Higgins' great-great grandfather was German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Famous for his play "Faust," Goethe became hugely popular after the publication of his first book "The Sorrows of Young Werther" (1774). The book was a sensation and is considered by some historians as literature's the first "best-seller."


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