Tuesday, September 22, 2015

"My Love" by Lionel Richie

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1409
Date:  04/09/1983
Debut:  55
Peak:  5
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Pop, R&B, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Thanks to this song's #5 peak, Richie ended up with a trio of Top 5 hits from his self-titled debut album (which also went Top 5 hitting #3). It joined the #1 "Truly" and the #4 "You Are." In addition to its solid showing at pop and R&B (#6), the song was a major hit at AC spending four weeks in the top spot. It was Richie's fourth consecutive AC #1, which included his duet with Diana Ross, "Endless Love."

ReduxReview:  I loved the first two singles from Richie's debut and was on the verge of buying it until this single came out. I didn't like it very much and I hated the "blows my mind" line. I just didn't connect with the song and ignored it as much as possible. It's still not a favorite of mine but I don't mind it as much now. It has that same pop/country feel that Richie provided for Kenny Rogers (see below). It makes me wonder if this was originally meant for Rogers but then Richie decided to keep it. Probably a good choice as it became another hit for him.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Richie stepped into the pop/country market when he produced Kenny Rogers' 1981 album "Share Your Love," which featured the #3 pop hit "I Don't Need You" (#1 AC and Country). He also contributed a song to Rogers' 1983 album "We've Got Tonight." Rogers returned the favor a bit by providing backing vocals on this song.


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