Saturday, October 4, 2014

"Fly Away" by Stevie Woods

Song#:  1022
Date:  05/15/1982
Debut:  88
Peak:  84
Weeks:  2
Genre:  Adult Contemporary, R&B

Pop Bits:  Woods' debut album already featured two Top 40 entries, including the #25 "Steal the Night," when this third single was issued. It would make a quick showing at pop while topping out at #23 at AC. Woods would drop a second LP titled "The Woman in My Life" and the title track would reach #42 on the R&B chart, but it wasn't enough to keep the album afloat. It sank quickly and after one more album that also tanked, Woods' US career came to a close.

ReduxReview:  This song was probably a little too AC-leaning to make an impact at pop, but with similar sounding songs by artists like Al Jarreau doing well, I'm a little surprised this did not do better. It's a lovely, breezy tune that features a nice vocal by Woods. Granted, it is not an outstanding song that stays with you, but it certainly deserved a better fate that a measly two weeks on the chart.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  After his last US album failed, Woods then moved to Germany. He became an active stage performer in shows like "Starlight Express" and released a few singles along the way. He remained in Germany and performed there until his diabetes-related death in early 2014.


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