Wednesday, June 24, 2015

"Betcha She Don't Love You" by Evelyn King

Song#:  1303
Date:  01/15/1983
Debut:  90
Peak:  49
Weeks:  11
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  King grabbed her second #1 R&B hit with "Love Come Down," the lead single from her fifth album "Get Loose." It was a winner at pop as well reaching #17. This follow-up single came close to being her third R&B #1, but it stopped just shy at #2. Pop radio was not quite as enamored and the single petered out before it could get into the Top 40. It hardly mattered though because the album would benefit from the R&B hits and become a double-platinum best-seller.

ReduxReview:  This is kind of sneaky song. It's not all that exciting, but that bass groove creeps up on you and becomes infectious. Once I got groovin', I couldn't really stop. King's vocals are quality, per usual. I'm surprised this song hasn't been sampled more. Monica used it for her 2010 song "If You Were My Man," but this groove has a lot more life to it. Remake anyone?

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  King's uncle was actor/singer Avon Long. He has notably starred in Broadway productions of "Porgy and Bess" (1942) and "Beggar's Holiday" (1946). Long grabbed a Tony nomination in 1973 for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his appearance in "Don't Play Us Cheap." He also appeared on TV ("Roots: The Next Generation") and in film ("The Sting," "Trading Places"). He passed away in 1984.


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