Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Loving You" by Chris Rea

Song#:  0986
Date:  04/10/1982
Debut:  88
Peak:  88
Weeks:  3
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  English musician Rea performed in a couple of bands before heading out on a solo career in 1978. His debut album contained the #12 (#1 AC) hit "Fool (If You Think It's Over)," which got Rea nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy. His follow-up albums failed to produce any significant hits and his popularity in the US quickly declined. This single from his self-titled fourth album dropped off the chart after a few weeks. In the UK, his initial singles (including "Fool") were not popular. But he broke through there in the late 80s with a pair of #1 albums and several other Top 10 LPs.

ReduxReview:  Rea's background is more in the blues-rock vein as this single reflects. It has a Clapton vibe and it is enhanced by Rea's guitar work and gravely voice. Although a nice listen, the song is not really powerful enough to make a real impression on radio. It's a nice album track, but as a single - eh.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Rea's solo debut album was title Whatever Happened to Benny Santini? The name referred to in the title was the name his record company wanted him to adopt. They wanted his stage name to be Benjamin Santini. It was eventually rejected and Rea ended up using his real name.


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