Saturday, October 26, 2019

"You Got It All" by The Jets

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  2933
Date:  11/15/1986
Debut:  95
Peak:  3
Weeks:  26
Genre:  Pop, R&B, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  This family band grabbed their first major crossover hit with "Crush on You" (#3 Pop/#4 R&B/#4 Dance), the second single from their self-titled debut album. A third single didn't generate much interest, but the label went ahead and issued out this fourth attempt. The ballad was a slow starter, but eventually it crawled its way up into the Pop Top 10. It did even better at R&B getting to #2 and then even better at AC where it hit #1. The album had already reached gold-level sales in September, but this hit spurred more copies to be bought and by the summer of '87 it went platinum.

ReduxReview:  Had this been released as the second single, I think it might have topped the Pop chart. Instead, it had to fight its way up the chart following the dismal showing of "Private Number." Luckily, this song was so well written that it was able to regain the audience they lost. It featured a lovely performance by Elizabeth Wolfgramm. It was a pretty tune that was perfect for the young family band and it appealed to a lot of folks.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  This song was written by Rupert Holmes. Holmes was a recording artist himself who had a very memorable hit in 1979 with "Escape (The PiƱa Colada Song)" (#1 Pop/#8 AC) and its 1980 follow-up "Him" (#6 Pop/#4 AC). He also wrote songs for other artists and branched out to Broadway with the hit Tony-winning 1985 musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood. It was while he was working with Drood that his manager approached him about writing a song for a new family act. They were looking for a ballad and the lead singer would be the 14-year-old sister in the group. Holmes thought it would be a challenge to write a love song appropriate for her to sing and for others around her age to understand. He also thought about his own 10-year-old daughter when writing it and her being able to share the song with her friends. He came up with "You Got It All" and The Jets recorded the tune. It became a big hit, but sadly it was one that Holmes was unable to enjoy. Prior to the release of the record, his daughter died from a brain tumor. Holmes' own version of the song can be heard on his 2005 career-spanning box set Cast of Characters.  2) Britney Spears recorded a version of this song during the sessions that lead to her debut album. Apparently, her version of this song was the one that tipped the scales in her favor and got the label fully on board with her as an artist. Unfortunately, the song didn't make the final track listing of her 1999 smash debut LP ...Baby One More Time.


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