Wednesday, June 7, 2017

"The Allnighter" by Glenn Frey

Song#:  2063
Date:  09/29/1984
Debut:  81
Peak:  54
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Blues-Rock

Pop Bits:  Frey got a second Top 20 hit with "Sexy Girl," the first single from his second solo album The Allnighter. Looking for another solid hit, this title-track tune was issued as the second single. Unfortunately, it couldn't do as well and the song stalled short of the top half of the Pop chart. Luckily, after a massive soundtrack hit, a third single, which was tied to a TV show, would revive the album and it would turn gold.

ReduxReview:  I was not a fan of Frey's music, so I greeted this blues-based tune with a shrug. It's an okay track, but there wasn't anything that really made it stand out. Even Rock radio ignored the tune. It was great that Frey kind of broke away from the Eagles country-rock sound, but he needed some stronger material if he was going to have more hits. He'd hit on a good formula within the next year, but before that we got some mediocre material like this.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  As Frey was trying to get established as an artist in the late 60s, he met fellow musician J.D. Souther while in Los Angeles. The pair hit it off and formed a country/folk/rock duo called Longbranch Pennywhistle. They got signed to the small Amos label and in 1969 issued a self-titled debut album. It didn't do any business and the duo broke up the following year. However, their music relationship didn't end there. After Frey joined the Eagles, Souther would co-write several songs with the band including three #1 hits = "Best of My Love," "New Kid in Town," and "Heartache Tonight." He also wrote songs for other artists like Linda Ronstadt, Dan Fogelberg, and Christopher Cross. Souther would maintain a solo career along the way and record several albums. His biggest solo hit came in 1979 when "You're Only Lonely" would reach #1 AC/#7 Pop. He would also co-write and duet with James Taylor on the 1981 #11 hit "Her Town Too."


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