Wednesday, April 1, 2015

"Baby, Come to Me" by Patti Austin with James Ingram

#1 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  1214
Date:  10/16/1982
Debut:  91
Peak:  1 (2 weeks)
Weeks:  28
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  The mega-popular soap "General Hospital" was no stranger to promoting music. In 1979, the use of Herb Alpert's "Rise" in the show pushed the instrumental to #1. And although his music wasn't in the show, Rick Springfield's "Jessie's Girl" got a boost thanks to his popular character. Then came this song. Initially released as a single in April of '82, the duet failed to capture an audience and peaked at #73. Later in the year the tune showed up on "General Hospital" as the love song for Luke and Holly. The network got so many calls about the song that Austin's label decided to reissue the single. This time around the single clicked and took off for #1. It also reached #1 at AC and #9 R&B. It would be Austin's first and only pop Top 10 hit.

ReduxReview:  I don't have much to add from what I wrote in the original post. I will say that Austin's a great vocalist, but Ingram really outshines her on the tune. He rips it up.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  In addition to this song, Austin's album "Every Home Should Have One" contain one other #1 song. The opening track "Do You Love Me" (in combination with another track "The Genie") was a hit in the clubs and reached #1 on the dance chart. It also peaked at #24 on the R&B chart. Unfortunately it did not chart at pop.


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