Wednesday, July 8, 2015

"It Might Be You" by Stephen Bishop

Song#:  1321
Date:  01/29/1983
Debut:  90
Peak:  25
Weeks:  20
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary, Soundtrack

Pop Bits:  The early 70s found Bishop as a struggling musician unable to capture the attention of any label. While working as a songwriter for a publishing house, a friend gave a demo of Bishop's tunes to Art Garfunkel. Garfunkel ended up selecting two of Bishop's songs to record for his second album, 1975's "Breakaway." It ended up being the break Bishop needed and it led to a recording contract and a 1976 debut album called "Careless." The album featured two hits, "Save It for a Rainy Day" (#22) and "On on On" (#11). But chart success was short lived and his next two albums failed to generate any significant hits. After his 1980 album "Red Cab to Manhattan," Bishop would not record a proper follow-up LP until 1989. In the meantime, he started to write songs for films. Beginning with two for the 1978 movie "Animal House" (including the title track which hit #73 on the chart), he wrote songs for more than a dozen films. Although he didn't write this particular song, Bishop did contributed his vocals to the track which was used in the 1982 film "Tootsie." Written by Dave Grusin with Alan and Marilyn Bergman, the single performed well enough to grab Bishop his first Top 40 hit in five years. It would be a big hit at AC reaching #1. The song would earn the writers an Oscar nod for Best Original Song.

ReduxReview:  This is such a sweet song. It's one of those that as soon as you hear the first few bars, you feel all gooey inside and your face takes on a dreamy look. It's a delicate tune that is made all the more so thanks to Bishop's light vocal touch. So sit back, turn down the lights, get some candles going, pour a glass of wine, and play this tune. You will be happy and relaxed in no time.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Since Bishop did not write this song, he did not get an Oscar nomination. However, he would end up receiving one in a couple of years. Bishop wrote the song "Separate Lives" for the 1985 film "White Knights." Sung by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin, the single would be a major hit reaching #1. Bishop got an Oscar nod for writing the song. Unfortunately, he lost to another #1 hit from the same movie - Lionel Richie's "Say You, Say Me."


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