Wednesday, November 5, 2014

"Loveline" by Dr. Hook

Song#:  1065
Date:  06/12/1982
Debut:  89
Peak:  60
Weeks:  10
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  Dr. Hook got a bit of a left-field hit with the slightly salacious "Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk" (#25) from their LP "Players in the Dark." The band's popularity had been in decline and this follow-up single did not reverse the trend. In fact, it became their final pop chart entry. They would issue one more LP the following year, but it completely tanked and that ended the main era of the group. Ray Sawyer (whose eye patch inspired the Dr. Hook name) left the group soon after, but the band continued to successfully tour for years.

ReduxReview:  The original by Eddie Rabbitt (see below) is so much better than this remake. Rabbitt does a sleepy, romantic reading that would nicely enhance a wine and fireplace evening. Dr. Hook does theirs with more of a wink and point. The arrangement with the flute and female background vocals sounds dated and doesn't serve the song well. Unlike Rabbitt's original, this one seems more suited to a PBR and campfire by the trailer.

ReduxRating:  3/10

Trivia:  This song was originally recorded by Eddie Rabbitt. It served as the title-track to his 1979 album "Loveline." Rabbitt co-wrote the song with David Malloy and Even Stevens. It was not released as a single. The album is noteworthy for a pair of #1 country hits, "Suspicions" (#13 pop) and "Gone Too Far" (#82 pop).


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