Thursday, November 6, 2014

"So Fine" by Oak Ridge Boys

Song#:  1066
Date:  06/12/1982
Debut:  88
Peak:  76
Weeks:  4
Genre:  Country

Pop Bits:  The Oaks had their second major crossover hit with the title track to their LP "Bobbie Sue" (#1 country, #12 pop). This second single from the album may not have been the right choice as a follow-up. The song only got to #22 on the country chart, which broke a string of fourteen Top 10's, and was a month-long blip on the pop chart. A third single got them back into the country Top 10, but this was certainly a hiccup in the middle of their most successful period.

ReduxReview:  Although this is an older song (see below), it starts like a ripoff of "Elvira," which was written in 1966. So now it makes me wonder if "Elvira" was a ripoff! Most likely not, but they are a bit similar. It may have been that similarity that sunk it on the chart. It's a good song and the Oaks do a great job, but it's like we've heard this before, so why listen to an inferior repeat?

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  This song is a remake of the #11 pop hit (#3 R&B) by The Fiestas from 1959. Written by Johnny Otis, it was the R&B group's only major hit.


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