Monday, September 29, 2014

"Personally" by Karla Bonoff

Song#:  1013
Date:  05/01/1982
Debut:  79
Peak:  19
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  It took this singer/songwriter three LPs to do it, but she finally grabbed a hit with this single from her "Wild Heart of the Young" album. Primarily known as a songwriter, with several of her songs recorded by major artists like Linda Ronstadt, her own solo career was a slow starter. This single finally got her on the map.

ReduxReview:  I always though this was a terrific song. I like the arrangement and Bonoff's easy delivery. For me, this should have gone Top 10. She's a quality songwriter and it is too bad that she didn't become a bigger star. But for some reason, pro songwriters who go on to start up a solo career fine little success. At least she got this one hit to her name, even though she didn't write it (see below).

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  She wrote or co-wrote all but one of the songs on her "Wild Heart" album. The one song she did not write happened to be this one. Perhaps either her or her label thought the LP needed a hit single to kick it off and so Bonoff recorded "Personally." This song is a remake of a tune written by Paul Kelly and recorded by R&B artist Jackie Moore. Moore's original version wasn't a major hit and only reached #92 on the R&B chart in 1978. Following Bonoff's hit single, country artist Ronnie McDowell had a #10 country hit with the song in 1983.


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