Friday, October 17, 2014

"Cutie Pie" by One Way

Song#:  1043
Date:  05/29/1982
Debut:  88
Peak:  61
Weeks:  10
Genre:  R&B



Pop Bits:  This Detroit group, led by Al Hudson, first recorded in 1976 as Al Hudson and The Soul Partners. Over the course of four albums, with the last being billed as by Al Hudson and The Partners, the band placed a few lower-peaking singles on the R&B chart. When they moved to the MCA label in 1980, they changed their name to One Way. As before, they consistently put singles on the R&B chart with a pair of #12's being their best showing. They finally broke through to the R&B Top 10 (#4) and onto the pop chart with this second single from their "Who's Foolin' Who" album. It would be the band's peak moment and their only pop chart entry. They would grab four more R&B Top 10's over the next few years before recording their final album in 1988.

ReduxReview:  This mid-tempo jam is fairly pedestrian, but the bass sound/line is pretty fun along with the modified bell. Other than that, there is not much here that sticks in your mind for very long. Overall, I guess I'd say this song is kinda...well...cute.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Original member and vocalist Alicia Myers departed the group for a solo career in 1981. Over the course of four albums for MCA, she had some singles success that included the #5 R&B hit "You Get the Best from Me (Say Say Say)." Her 1982 album "I Fooled You This Time" seemed to be an answer to One Way's LP "Who's Foolin' Who." The play on titles was most likely planned since members of One Way contributed to Myers' album.

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