Tuesday, October 13, 2015

"Tonight" by The Whispers

Song#:  1430
Date:  04/30/1983
Debut:  87
Peak:  84
Weeks:  4
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  The Whispers started the decade off quite well when their album "Imagination" hit #3 at R&B and went gold. It was helped along by the #1 R&B hit "It's a Love Thing." A follow-up album would tank, but they would quickly rebound with the another #1/gold album "Love Is Where You Find It." Their next album, "Love for Life," was a slight drop off peaking at #2 R&B and failing to reach gold level. But it hung in there thanks to a pair of #4 R&B hits that included this lead single, which crossed over onto the pop chart for a month.

ReduxReview:  The Whispers fully embraced the sounds of the day with this track. Producer Leon Sylvers III piled the synth sounds on this jam and it sounds pretty great. The song itself is not really that thrilling, but the groove and arrangement are 80s-rific.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Unlike a lot of long-lasting vocal groups or bands, since their inception in 1964, The Whispers maintained the same line-up throughout the years with only one exception. Original member Gordy Harmon damaged his voice box in a car accident in 1973 and could no longer sing with the group. Leaveil Degree was then hired to take Harmon's place. This line up remained intact until member Marcus Hutson died in 1992. However, the remaining members chose not to hire a replacement and continued on as a quartet instead.


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