Monday, October 6, 2014

"Dreamin'" by John Schneider

Song#:  1025
Date:  05/15/1982
Debut:  85
Peak:  45
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  TV star Schneider's debut LP did well thanks to his #14 remake of "It's Now or Never." After issuing a Christmas album, Schneider pushed out a third studio disc titled "Quiet Man" and this tune served as the first single. It was a modest chart entry not making the pop Top 40 and only reaching #21 AC/#32 country. Lacking a major hit, the LP failed to make the chart and sank quickly. Schneider would release one more pop/country album before moving to a new label as a full-fledged country artist. He would have good success over the remainder of the decade getting a string of nine Top10 country hits including four #1's. Country music proved to be a much better fit than his early pop-crossover efforts.

ReduxReview:  Thankfully, Schneider went on to country music and left these embarrassing first recordings behind. These really seem more like cash-in LPs rather than legit stabs at a musical career. I'm sure Schneider was a willing participant in this, but I'd venture a guess that his label (Scotti Brothers) directed it all. Once he got out from under that machinery, he did legit country and was far better. But for this song, it was all I could do to get through it just once.

ReduxRating:  2/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) As with his other two charting pop singles, this one is also a remake. The original was done by rockabilly artist Johnny Burnette who took the song to #11 on the pop chart in 1960.  2) In 1983, Schneider worked with Marie Osmond to form the Children's Miracle Network. The non-profit organization gathers funds that are used to support various children's hospitals, medical research, and other children's heath-related issues.


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