Sunday, April 3, 2016

"You Put the Beat in My Heart" by Eddie Rabbitt

Song#:  1600
Date:  09/10/1983
Debut:  90
Peak:  81
Weeks:  5
Genre:  Country Crossover

Pop Bits:  From 1976 to 1978, Rabbitt scored nine Country Top 10's and that was plenty to issue his first hits compilation in 1979. Over the next three years he grabbed another ten Top 10's including eight #1's (and four Pop Top 10's). It was time for a second compilation and Warner Bros. issued Greatest Hits, Vol. II in the last quarter of 1983. The album contained eight of Rabbitt's most recent hits along with two new songs. This single was one of the new songs and it was released to help promote the LP. It fit right in with the "hits" theme as it reached #10 on the Country chart (#15 AC). Unfortunately, it became one of his lowest peaking Pop chart entries and it would be his last one to crossover. Despite not getting attention at Pop any longer, Rabbitt's career still flourished at Country where he would go on to get fourteen more Top 10's. Although his popularity waned in the 90s, he still remained a top concert draw. Sadly, a little over a year after he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1997, Rabbitt passed away. 

ReduxReview:  This song leans more towards rock than country, but that still wasn't quite enough to grab some attention at Pop. While I wouldn't consider this a contender for the Pop Top 10, it should have done a bit better. It's a quality song with another solid performance from Rabbitt. Although he didn't write this tune, Rabbitt was a fine songwriter and had a terrific streak of singles in the late 70s/early 80s. His Pop days ended here, but it's not a bad song to go out on.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Rabbitt's first Pop Top 40 crossover hit was "Every Which Way But Loose," a song that was used in the 1978 film of the same name. By this time, Rabbitt was a major country star and the Clint Eastwood movie was poised to be a major hit. Interest in the song was high and once issued, it pretty much exploded. The single would debut at #18 on the Country chart to become the highest debuting song in the chart's history. It would go on to spend three weeks at #1 and reach #30 at Pop. Rabbitt's chart record would remain intact until 2005 when he had to share the crown with Garth Brooks, whose song "Good Ride Cowboy" also debuted at #18. Keith Urban would set a new record the following year when his "Once in a Lifetime" came in at #17. But Brooks would end up being the ultimate chart king when in 2007 his song "More Than a Memory" debuted at #1.


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