Monday, August 29, 2016

"Remember What You Like" by Jenny Burton

Song#:  1764
Date:  01/28/1984
Debut:  93
Peak:  81
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Dance, R&B

Pop Bits:  Burton's career started to pick up after she scored a #5 Dance hit in 1983 called "One More Shot." Although the song was credited to C-Bank, Burton served as the lead vocalist. She parlayed that hit into a solo deal with Atlantic and along with C-Bank's writer/producer John Robie, they recorded Burton's debut LP In Black and White. This song was selected to be the first single and it was a hit at Dance reaching #10. R&B responded well and sent the song to #21. The attention was enough for it to cross over to Pop for a few weeks.

ReduxReview:  This song borrows a bit from the Shannon sound ("Let the Music Play"), but it's just not quite as slick. The production is not as good and it doesn't sound as full and deep as Shannon's hit. There's a lot of sounds and effect going on which kind of overwhelm the song. There are certain aspects about it that are interesting, but overall it is a bit tinny and chaotic.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Although it didn't fully translate into a career at the time, Burton did have a single reach the Dance chart back in 1975. Apparently, Burton was working as a receptionist at a record company and one day a producer needed a vocalist for his project. Burton stepped up to lend a hand. It got her signed to the small Cotton label who released the single "(Nobody Loves Me) Like You Do Do." The song got a little action in the clubs and reached #17 on the Dance chart. However, it didn't do a whole lot for her career at the time and she'd have to wait nearly ten years before she got a major label break.


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