Thursday, December 12, 2019

"Without Your Love" by Toto

Song#:  2980
Date:  12/27/1986
Debut:  77
Peak:  38
Weeks:  11
Genre:  Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Toto's 1984 album Isolation was a disappointment following the massive success of their 1982 Grammy-winning Toto IV. It peaked at #42 and struggled to go gold. Their next LP, Fahrenheit, would do about the same business getting to #40 and going gold, but it boasted one thing that Isolation didn't have - a hit. The LP's first single "I'll Be Over You" would reach #11 at Pop and #1 AC. For a follow-up, the band kept with the soft rock sound of their previous single and released this track. It would do well at AC getting to #7, but it didn't click as well at Pop and the tune stalled just inside the Top 40.

ReduxReview:  The band continued to keep the yacht rock waves ebbing and flowing with this lilting tune. It is pure So.Cal soft rock and like their previous hit it sounded pretty good. It was a slightly darker tune and floated just a bit closer to smooth jazz, so I'm not surprised it didn't catch on as well at Pop. Much like in the way Chicago realized their 80s bread n' butter was big ballads, Toto seemed to accept that listeners wanted to hear their brand of soft rock and it paid off for them with these two singles.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This song was written by band member David Paich. He also wrote or co-wrote the band's three biggest hits, "Hold the Line" (#5), "Rosanna" (#2) and "Africa" (#1). In addition to being a six-time Grammy winner, Paich is also an Emmy winner. A few years prior to Paich being a co-founding member of Toto, he was working with his father, jazz pianist/composer/arranger Marty Paich. Marty Paich would go on to become a Grammy nominated arranger and work with a myriad of artists including Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Neil Diamond, and Linda Ronstadt. Back in the 60s, Marty began to work as an arranger and orchestra leader for TV shows like The Smothers Brothers and Sonny & Cher. He also began composing music for TV shows and as his son David developed his musical inclinations, Marty began mentoring and working with him on projects. A composition the pair wrote for a 1974 episode of the TV drama Ironside would go on to win an Emmy for Best Song or Theme.


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