Tuesday, August 25, 2015

"Eenie Meenie" by Jeffery Osborne

Song#:  1381
Date:  03/19/1983
Debut:  83
Peak:  76
Weeks:  5
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Osborne's self-titled debut album was a solid hit for him reaching #3 at R&B and #49 pop. It was helped along by two singles, the groovy "I Really Don't Need No Light" (#3 R&B/#39pop) and the big ballad "On the Winds of Love" (#13 R&B/#29 pop/#7 AC). This third single was issued but the only place it got attention was at AC where it reached #18. The tune stayed near the bottom of the pop chart for a few weeks while missing the R&B chart completely.

ReduxReview:  Osborne's voice can enhance most any song, which is a good thing because this thin slice of SoCal pop needed a boost. Osborne takes a fairly average song and brings it to life with his delivery. In the hands of a less capable vocalist, this song would be a snoozer. I'm not a fan of the song, which would probably rate a 4, but Osborne makes it a pleasant listen.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This song was co-written by Michael Sembello. At the time, Sembello was a successful session musician and would occasionally write/produce songs for other artists. But before the end of 1983, Sembello would find himself with his own solo hit. "Maniac" from the "Flashdance" soundtrack would become an unexpected #1 smash.


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