Saturday, November 15, 2014

"American Music" by The Pointer Sisters

Song#:  1080
Date:  06/26/1982
Debut:  73
Peak:  16
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  The Sisters followed-up their successful "Black & White" album, which featured the #2 "Slow Hand," with "So Excited!" It would be their fifth album with producer Richard Perry who guided the trio into their most successful period. This lead single revisited the girl group sound of their previous single, "Should I Do It" (#13). It did just about as well, but it wasn't a solid hit (although it reached #9 at AC). In turn, the LP fizzled at #59 and failed to reach gold status.

ReduxReview:  I have to say, I'm not sure why this song made it to the Top 20. Maybe the nostalgia factor? It was never a favorite of mine from the Sisters. If listening to their greatest hits, I usually fast-forward over this one. They didn't get a lot of support at R&B for this single (#23) and I think that hurt. It's not an awful song, but it borders on corny for me.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  This song was written by Parker McGee. As a songwriter, McGee had two major hits that were recorded by England Dan & John Ford Coley. In 1976, the duo hit with McGee's "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight" (#2) and "Nights Are Forever without You" (#10). As most successful songwriters do, McGee tried for his own solo career. He issued a self-titled debut in 1977 that yielded the #42 chart single "I Just Can't Say No to You." It would be his only chart song and lone solo LP.


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