Monday, February 1, 2016

"Lady Love Me (One More Time)" by George Benson

Song#:  1538
Date:  07/23/1983
Debut:  87
Peak:  30
Weeks:  13
Genre:  R&B, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Benson's In Your Eyes album started off with the #3 R&B hit "Inside Love (So Personal)." Unfortunately, Pop didn't care for the tune and it faltered outside of the Top 40 at #43. This second single fared much better reaching the Pop Top 30 while getting to #4 at AC. Although the song was being embraced by pop audiences, this time around R&B was not all that interested. The single petered out at #21.

ReduxReview:  Although smooth pop songs like this were losing traction at Pop this one ended up doing okay, but it should have done better (and it should have been the album's lead single). "Inside Love" was fine, but ultimately forgettable - I couldn't even hum you a single part of the tune. However, this one I knew right away. I've probably heard this song a very minor few times since its initial release and yet it stayed with me and when I saw the title, the chorus popped in my head immediately. For me, it is Benson's last great pop-leaning single.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Benson's In Your Eyes LP begins with a very groovin' take of Roberta Flack's 1974 smooth classic "Feel Like Makin' Love." Flack's version was a multi-format hit that reached #1 at Pop, R&B and AC. It was also nominated for three Grammys including Record and Song of the Year. Benson's more upbeat take was issued as the third single from his album, but it failed to chart in the US. It did manage to make an appearance on the UK chart at #28. However, Benson had better luck in the UK with the title-track, which reached #7. That single made a brief appearance on the US AC chart at #30.


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