Friday, December 8, 2017

"'Til My Baby Comes Home" by Luther Vandross

Song#:  2246
Date:  03/16/1985
Debut:  90
Peak:  29
Weeks:  16
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Vandross quickly established himself as an R&B star with three studio albums that supplied six R&B Top 10 hits. All three LP's were platinum sellers, but Vandross had yet to really break through on the Pop chart. In the same stretch of time he could only manage to get two songs into the lower rungs of the Pop Top 40. With his fourth album, The Night I Fell in Love, Vandross would still have to wait for a major Pop hit as this first single once again stalled near the Top 30 mark. However, the news was brighter at R&B where the track got to #4. It also reached #10 at Dance. The album would be his fourth consecutive #1 at R&B while getting to #19 Pop. Sales were solid and the album would eventually go double-platinum. While the LP's follow-up singles failed to reach the Pop chart, Vandross collected another #4 with "It's Over Now" and a #11 with "Wait for Love."

ReduxReview:  This blues-ish shuffle had crossover potential, but not enough to really make it a major hit at Pop. Still, it's a great song with a terrific chorus and performance by Vandross. His skills as a producer were getting better as well. Even though this track still sounds like it's from the 80s, it has a fuller sound than some of his previous efforts. He was definitely ready for a mainstream breakthrough, but it's hard to believe he wouldn't get into the Pop Top 10 for another four years.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) The album would get Vandross his third Grammy nomination in the Best Male R&B Vocal Performances category. It would be his fourth overall Grammy nomination as his first one was in the Best New Artist category.  2) The album is considered among the best in Vandross' catalog and it ranked #93 on Rolling Stone's list of the Best Albums of the 80s.


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