Monday, May 2, 2016

"Somebody's Gonna Love You" by Lee Greenwood

Song#:  1630
Date:  10/01/1983
Debut:  96
Peak:  96
Weeks:  2
Genre:  Country Crossover

Pop Bits:  Greenwood's first single from his album Somebody's Gonna Love You, "I.O.U.," was a crossover hit going to #6 Country, #4 AC, and #53 Pop. For his next single, the title track to the album was issued this time it would make it to the top of the Country chart becoming his first #1 single. AC was on board too and the song made it to #15. However, Pop was uninterested and the song debuted and peaked at a lowly #96 for a couple of weeks. But that didn't really matter as the hit firmly established Greenwood as a country star.

ReduxReview:  Whereas "I.O.U." sounded like a Kenny Rogers imitation, this one infringes on Ronnie Milsap territory. And again, it's just not as good. The chorus is pretty solid, but the arrangement and delivery kind of drag the song down. It's an okay tune capably delivered.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  This song was co-written by Rafe VanHoy and Don Cook. Both would have significant success as country songwriters, but not a lot of their songs would crossover to the Pop chart. However, VanHoy was able to score a sizable Pop chart hit with one of his compositions. He wrote the song "What's Forever For," which became a #19 Pop hit for Michael Martin Murphy in 1982 (#1 Country). Murphy's take was actually a remake. The song was first recorded in 1978 by England Dan and John Ford Coley, but it was not issued as a single.


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