Sunday, January 24, 2016

"Don't You Get So Mad" by Jeffery Osborne

Song#:  1530
Date:  07/16/1983
Debut:  89
Peak:  25
Weeks:  14
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Osborne's first solo album after leaving LTD, the group he founded with his brothers, was a success. The self-titled LP featured the #3 R&B hit "I Really Don't Need No Light" (#39 Pop) and the #7 AC hit "On the Wings of Love" (#29 Pop, #13 R&B). His follow-up album, Stay with Me Tonight, didn't waver from the formula set by the first. He retained George Duke as producer and this first single hit a similar groove to "I Really" and even peaked at the same #3 at R&B. At Pop, the song did a bit better and became his second Top 30 entry.

ReduxReview:  To me, this could have been subtitled "Don't Need Light, Pt. 2." It's a similar groove and it also has a chorus that is a little light in the hook area. But just like "Light," it's a solid tune led by Osborne's great vocals. It's the rare case where the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" philosophy worked.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Osborne co-wrote this song with Don Freeman and Michael Sembello. It was Sembello's second charting co-write for Osborne. "Eenie Meenie," the third single from Osborne's debut disc, reached #18 AC/#76 Pop. Sembello co-wrote that song with Raymond Lee Pounds. At the time this single debuted on the Pop chart, Sembello's own single "Maniac" had climbed to the #19 position on its ascent to the #1 spot.


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