Thursday, November 20, 2014

"Too Good to Turn Back Now" by Rick Bowles

Song#:  1085
Date:  07/03/1982
Debut:  86
Peak:  77
Weeks:  3
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  This North Carolina native studied pre-med, but ended up an English major which helped his main focus - songwriting. He got picked up as a solo artist by Polydor and issued a debut album called "Free for the Evening. This first single got a little attention and spent a few weeks on the lower end of the chart. The following year, he readied his folllow-up for the label, but Polydor decided to cancel his deal instead. He got picked up by the Applause label and "No Man's Land" was released in 1984. It was his last solo LP.

ReduxReview:  If this song leaned towards country just a hair more, I could hear this being done by Eddie Rabbitt. It's a catchy, upbeat tune and it should have done a little better on the chart. I don't necessarily hear it as a smash hit, but it is certainly a quality song that unfortunately got ignored.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  After his solo career fizzled, Bowles returned to songwriting and had good success in the country market. He co-wrote several #1 country hits that were performed by artists like  Earl Thomas Conley ("I Can't Win for Losing," 1986), Reba McEntire ("I Know How He Feels," 1988), Alabama ("Down Home," 1991), Lorrie Morgan ("I Didn't Know My Own Strength," 1996), and Bryan White ("Sittin' on Go," 1997).


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