Friday, September 30, 2016

"We're Going All the Way" by Jeffrey Osborne

Song#:  1804
Date:  02/25/1984
Debut:  87
Peak:  48
Weeks:  12
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  After sporting three R&B Top 10's (with two of those going Top 30 Pop), there seemed to still be some gas left in the tank of Osborne's second album Stay with Me Tonight. This fourth single was issued and it did okay reaching #16 at R&B and sneaking over the halfway mark at Pop. However, its best showing came at AC where it became Osborne's second Top 10 on that chart at #6.

ReduxReview:  This is a good ballad with a great pedigree (see below). However, the problem is that there were a lot of similar ballads in the 80s and this one just wasn't special enough to stand out in the crowd. It's expertly written and well-performed, but in the end I find it a bit forgettable.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  This ballad was written by the famous songwriting husband and wife team of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. The pair have written many hits including what is considered the most played songs of the 20th century, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" (co-written with Phil Spector). Their very first charting hit came in 1961 when a seventeen-year-old Tony Orlando recorded "Bless You." The song reached #15 at Pop while getting to #5 in the UK. It would be Orlando's biggest hit as a solo artist. Orlando would later go on to have six Top 10 hits in the 70s with his group Dawn.


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