Thursday, October 2, 2014

"Love's Been a Little Bit Hard on Me" by Juice Newton

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1020
Date:  05/08/1982
Debut:  70
Peak:  7
Weeks:  17
Genre:  Country Crossover

Pop Bits:  Newton's third solo LP, the platinum-selling "Juice," featured three Top 10 singles with two of them going gold ("Angel of the Morning" and "Queen of Hearts"). Her follow-up album "Quiet Lies" began well as this lead single became her fourth Top 10 in a row while reaching #4 at AC. Country radio was less receptive and the song could only muster a #30 showing. Newton grabbed a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Female Vocals for the song.

ReduxReview:  Although this is a catchy ditty, I almost remember it more for the video in which Newton keeps getting injured in accidents when her boyfriend picks her up for their dates. She ends up in a full body cast by the end. I wasn't the biggest fan of the song so I didn't buy into it like I did her previous singles. But it is a solid, well-written tune that certainly kept her career on a roll.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:   This song's writer is Gary Burr. He has written or co-written song for numerous country artists. However, he does have one major pop hit to his name. Burr co-wrote the song "This Is the Night," which was performed by Clay Aiken on the season two finale of American Idol. The song served as Aiken's first single (a double a-sided single paired with "Bridge Over Troubled Water") and upon release it became the fastest selling single since Elton John's "Candle in the Wind" tribute in 1997. The song debuted at #1 which left season two AI winner Ruben Studdard stuck at #2 with his coronation song "Flying Without Wings." Burr co-wrote the song with Chris Braide and a musician who was on this same 1982 chart, Aldo Nova ("Fantasy").


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