Saturday, June 30, 2018

"A Little Bit of Heaven" by Natalie Cole

Song#:  2450
Date:  09/07/1985
Debut:  90
Peak:  81
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Pop, R&B, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Although Cole's album Dangerous wasn't the big comeback that she was perhaps hoping for, it at least did get her back on the charts with the title track reaching #16 at R&B and #57 Pop. This next single helped to keep things moving by becoming her first charting hit at AC in five years. It was able to reach #11 on that chart. It didn't do quite as well at Pop or R&B (#28), but the two songs combined helped to get Cole's career going again.

ReduxReview:  This is a solid song and I like the reggae-ish feel of the arrangement. I'm not sure why it didn't catch on, especially with the added exposure via TV (see below). Cole did a great job and the production was in-step with the 80s. It was a subtle and relaxed song, so perhaps it just didn't stand out and ended up getting lost on the radio. Regardless, It really should have done a whole lot better.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) The third single from Dangerous was the upbeat track "Secrets." It wasn't able to crack the Pop or R&B charts, but it did get on the Dance chart at #36. Rhino Records listed it among five "forgotten" songs in Cole's catalog that should have been hits. It was co-written by Marti Sharron, who co-wrote "Jump (For My Love)" for the Pointer Sisters, and Dianne Steinberg.  2) This song got some further exposure via a soap opera. It was one of the songs used as a love theme for the couple Eden and Cruz on Santa Barbara.


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