Thursday, March 9, 2017

"Sexy Girl" by Glenn Frey

Song#:  1964
Date:  06/30/1984
Debut:  63
Peak:  20
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  The ex-Eagle's 1982 debut solo album, No Fun Allowed, was a decent hit that went gold based on the strength of the #15 Pop/#2 AC single "The One You Love." Two years later, his follow-up LP, The Allnighter, was set for release. It was introduced by this first single that just made it into the Pop Top 20 while getting to #23 at AC. Although it did okay, it wasn't a significant hit, which didn't bode well for album sales. However, in about six-months time, a song connected with a hit TV show would help turn the album around.

ReduxReview:  Here is a rare song that went Top 20 and I don't remember a lick of it. After hearing it, I can understand why. It's a perfectly fine, easy listen, but it's retro-ish sound is a bit bland and the whole thing ends up being forgettable soon after. I'm surprised that this song actually got as high on the Pop chart as it did. I assume the Eagle connection and airplay at AC helped it along. Compared to Frey's other major hits, this one is a snoozer.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  Frey co-wrote most of the album, including this song, with songwriter Jack Tempchin. The pair had written together previous for Frey's debut LP (including "The One You Love") and for the Eagles, where the pair contributed the song "Peaceful Easy Feeling" (1972, #22 Pop). Tempchin was originally a member of the mid-70s band The Funky Kings. While with them, Tempchin wrote a song called "Slow Dancing" that was issued as a single. It got a bit of attention going to #13 at AC and #61 Pop. The song then got picked up and recorded by a couple of other artists including Olivia Newton-John. But the song would gain fame when it got recorded in 1977 by 60s rock star Johnny Rivers. Retitled "Swayin' to the Music (Slow Dancin')," the song got to #10 on the Pop chart and #8 AC. It would be Rivers' ninth and final Pop Top 10 hit.


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