Saturday, March 3, 2018

"The Lady of My Heart" by Jack Wagner

Song#:  2331
Date:  05/25/1985
Debut:  83
Peak:  76
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  This General Hospital actor and musician kicked his solo career off with the big #2 Pop/#1 AC hit "All I Need," which was taken from his debut album of the same name. To follow it up, this dance-pop track was selected for release. It couldn't make inroads anywhere and failed to chart. However, this b-side started to get some airplay and it ended up getting to #34 at AC while circling the bottom of the Pop chart for a couple months. The album reached #44 on the chart, but that was mainly on the strength of his first hit.

ReduxReview:  While "All I Need" was an interesting and well-written pop ballad, this one is total dreck by comparison. It had a terrific writing team in Glen Ballard, David Foster, and Jay Graydon, but it has to be counted among the worst songs any of them had written and got recorded. To me it sounds like a second-rate Disney movie musical tune that was, thankfully, left on the cutting room floor. I'm probably making it out worse than it actually sounds, but not by much. It's just not a quality song. I think listeners knew that too.  I mean, this was a love theme played on the one of the most watched daytime serials in history and even that cross promotion didn't help the prospects of this single. That says a lot.

ReduxRating:  2/10

Trivia:  This song also got some promotion via General Hospital. It would serve as the love theme for characters Frisco Jones (Wagner) and Felicia Cummings (Kristina Malandro). Frisco and Felicia would end up married and in a bit of art-imitating-life, Wagner and Malandro became a couple as well and they finally tied the knot in 1993. The divorced in 2006. Malandro stayed on General Hospital as a regular character until 2005. She returned for a year in 2007. Since 2012 she has had a recurring role on the soap, which continues through to this posting date.


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