Thursday, June 20, 2019

"Every Little Kiss" by Bruce Hornsby & the Range

Song#:  2805
Date:  07/26/1986
Debut:  93
Peak:  72
Weeks:  9
Genre:  Soft Rock

Pop Bits:  Virginia-born Hornsby wore many hats as a musician in his early career. He played in various bands, was a staff songwriter for 20th Century Fox, was an L.A. session musician, and toured with a few established artists. All that experience led to him forming his band the Range in 1984. A year later they were signed to RCA Records and prepping their debut album The Way It Is. This first single was issued out and Rock radio responded well by taking the track to #18. The easy-going tune also gained a few fans at AC where it reached #37. Pop wasn't as receptive and the song stalled near the bottom quarter of the chart. It wasn't a fantastic result, but it worked well enough to get Hornsby's name out there and his next single would send his career into high gear.

ReduxReview:  This Americana/heartland-ish track was a good one to introduce the band. The style is fine. It wasn't out of line with singles by Springsteen, Seger, Mellencamp, or even John Cafferty. So I'm not sure why it didn't do better when initially release (see below). It was a catchy track performed well by the band and it featured a nice vocal from Hornsby. All the elements were in place yet for some reason it just didn't catch on.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) If you are thinking that this single did better than a paltry #72, you are right. After Hornsby's next two singles hit the Pop Top 10, this song was remixed and pushed out again as a follow-up. It did much better on its second outing getting to #14 Pop/#3 AC.  2) In his years as a session/touring musician, Hornsby worked with several artists including Sheena Easton. Hornsby was hired to be in Easton's band for the tour supporting her 1984 A Private Heaven. In addition to going on tour, Hornsby also appeared as a musician in two of her videos for the album. He can be seen as the keyboard player in both "Strut" (#7) and "Sugar Walls" (#9).


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