Monday, March 23, 2015

"You and I" by Eddie Rabbitt with Crystal Gayle

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1205
Date:  10/09/1982
Debut:  90
Peak:  7
Weeks:  29
Genre:  Country Crossover, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Rabbitt's previous two albums hit #1 at country and pushed him to superstar status thanks to four #1 country singles, three of which hit the pop Top 10. For his next album, "Radio Romance", Rabbitt recorded this duet with his labelmate Crystal Gayle. It rose quickly to #1 on the country chart where it spent four weeks. However, it was a bit of a slow starter on the pop chart. The single took its time and finally found its way into the Top 10. For Gayle, it would be her first Top 10 since 1979's "Half the Way" (#9). The song was also a major hit at AC where it would reach #2.

ReduxReview:  This is such a pretty song. I've always liked it. And Gayle was the perfect voice to duet with Rabbitt. Frankly, her silky tone could enhance most anyone's song. It kind of amazes me that this didn't generate a Grammy nod. It should have. Great tune and excellent performances.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  This song also became popular with fans of the soap opera "All My Children." It was used as the love song for the characters Jenny and Greg. Four years later, Rabbitt would do the reverse and take a song featured in a soap opera and turn it into a country hit. Rabbit and duet partner Juice Newton reached #1 with their version of "Both to Each Other (Friends and Lovers)." That song was used in the soap "Days of Our Lives" and it turned into a #1 pop song for one of the soap's stars, Gloria Loring, and singer Carl Anderson (titled just as "Friends and Lovers").


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