Sunday, August 18, 2019

"Midas Touch" by Midnight Star

Song#:  2864
Date:  09/20/1986
Debut:  88
Peak:  42
Weeks:  14
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Midnight Star's sixth studio album, Headlines, was another gold success thanks in part to the LP's first single, the #3 R&B title track. That song would also make an appearance on the Pop chart at #69. While that wasn't too bad of a result, it was a bit disappointing after their previous album spawned the band's first Pop Top 20 success with "Operator." Hoping for another hit and a chance to get further on the Pop chart, this second single was issued out. I would become their fifth Top 10 at R&B getting to #7. The tune would do better at Pop, but unfortunately it stopped just shy of the Top 40 mark. It would end up being the band's last single to reach the Pop chart.

ReduxReview:  While this isn't as groovy or catchy as "Operator," it should have been the first single from the LP. This was the albums crossover tune and it might have done better had it been pushed out first. Instead, "Headlines" was and it didn't do well, which didn't help this track. It's a shame as this song is a quality piece of pop-leaning 80s R&B. It was certainly good enough to crack the Pop Top 20.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Due to tensions within the band, founding member Reggie Calloway and his brother Vincent decided to leave after the Headlines album. Midnight Star would continue on without the Calloways and issue out two albums. Yet even though they would score two more R&B Top 10's, their albums did not sell as well as their previous gold efforts and the band quietly went on hiatus as the 90s began. The Calloway brothers would go on to form a duo and would have a little success in 1990 with their #2 Pop/#5 R&B hit "I Wanna Be Rich."


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