Thursday, December 11, 2014

"Let Me Go" by Ray Parker, Jr.

Song#:  1106
Date:  07/17/1982
Debut:  81
Peak:  38
Weeks:  9
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Parker's solo debut LP after disbanding his group Raydio, "The Other Woman," was a #1 R&B hit thanks to the #2 title track (#4 pop). This second single would also do well at R&B reaching #3, but at pop it could only manage a quick showing in the Top 40.

ReduxReview:  Ugh. If you are gonna put a spoken word section in a song, you better make it something good. That didn't happen here. The cheezy opening with Parker's little coos after the first chorus killed the song for me right off the bat. And is it just me or does the beginning of the chorus ("if you're not sure that you want me") sound suspiciously like the song "If You Don't Know Me By Now?" It must have been Parker's popularity that pushed this song because I don't understand how this made the pop Top 40.

ReduxRating:  3/10

Trivia:  In 1984, comedian Richard Pryor starred in a children's TV series called Pryor's Place. Featuring puppets and kids living in an inner city setting, the show lasted one season. Parker appeared in the program's opening credits and also sang the theme song.


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