Thursday, March 5, 2015

"Please Be the One" by Karla Bonoff

Song#:  1187
Date:  09/25/1982
Debut:  85
Peak:  63
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Bonoff scored her first significant chart hit with the #19 "Personally" from her album "Wild Heart of the Young." This follow-up would not reach that far, but it did do better at AC hitting #22. Although it would be her final pop chart entry, she landed a couple of movie soundtrack songs on the AC chart. "Somebody's Eyes" from "Footloose" reached #16 in 1984 and a decade later "Standing Right Next to Me" from the film "8 Seconds" reached #38.

ReduxReview:  This slinky, dark tune takes a couple of listens to sink in, but it is worth taking the time to get to know it. However, it is that gestation period that kind of kills this as a hit single since pop radio relies on instant recognition. It's really too bad because this is a quality song with a wonderfully moody feel. The groove is kinda sexy too.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  In 1988, Bonoff released and album titled "New World," which failed to hit the album chart. However, two songs on the album written by Bonoff became major hits for other artists. "All My Life" turned into a #1 AC (#11 pop) hit in 1990 for Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville. The song also earned Ronstadt and Neville a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Perfomance, Duo or Group. Then in 1993, "Tell Me Why" became the title track to Wynonna Judd's second solo album. The song reached #3 on the country chart (#24 AC, #77 pop).


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