Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"Old Fashioned Love" by Smokey Robinson

Song#:  0994
Date:  04/17/1982
Debut:  90
Peak:  60
Weeks:  9
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Robinson's LP "Yes It's You Lady" faltered peaking at #33, which broke a string of three consecutive Top 20 pop albums. The main reason was most likely due to the first single, "Tell Me Tomorrow," only getting to #33 on the pop chart. This second single did even worse while only getting to #17 on the R&B chart. It would take several years before the legend could make a comeback.

ReduxReview:  Leaning more towards pop, this just doesn't come close to the quality of his other hits from this era. He tries to sing his way out of this wreck, but it's just not working. Robinson penned most of his hit songs, like "Being with You," whereas this song and "Tell Me Tomorrow" were contributions from other writers. It's odd that his popularity at the time didn't attract better material. Robinson was having some personal issues during this time, so that most likely hurt his own creativity. But you'd think someone could get him some top-notch material to keep the hits coming. These songs certainly were not worthy.

ReduxRating:  3/10

Trivia:  Robinson's first marriage produced two children. His son was named Berry, after Motown head Berry Gordy, and his daughter was named Tamla, which was Gordy's first record label.


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