Sunday, February 2, 2020

"I Got the Feelin' (It's Over)" by Gregory Abbott

Song#:  3031
Date:  02/21/1987
Debut:  88
Peak:  56
Weeks:  11
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Abbott's debut single, "Shake You Down," was a big crossover hit reaching #1 at Pop, #1 R&B, and #2 AC. For a follow-up single, this next track was selected. It was another winner at R&B getting to #5, but it ended up stalling in the bottom half of the Pop chart while getting to #26 at AC. The songs helped his debut album of the same name go platinum. Unfortunately, it would be Abbott's last single to reach the Pop chart.

ReduxReview:  Talk about a prophetic title. This was certainly the end of the road on the Pop chart for Abbott. After one more album, it would all come to a halt (see below). I don't think anyone expected Abbott's star to burn out so quickly. It seemed like he had the good to at least last into the 90s alongside other singers like Freddie Jackson and Luther Vandross. Yet as quickly as he rose to fame, he was gone. Very strange. As for this song, it was another good tune that was in the same vein as "Shake You Down." That may have been the issue for pop radio. It may have been a bit too similar to the previous hit. Abbott even sings it with nearly the same inflections and growls. Yet it was still a nice little tune that further established Abbott's sound. Unfortunately, he didn't move very far from this and that may have cost him a bit on his second LP. An outside producer and a couple of other songwriters might have extended his career, but it seems like he never got the chance (or did not want) to try that.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Abbott returned in 1988 with his second album on Columbia Records, I'll Prove It to You. The title track would be released as a single and it would get to #5 at R&B and #35 AC. It failed to crack the Pop chart. A follow-up single, "Let Me Be Your Hero," stalled early on the R&B chart at #34. Without a larger crossover hit, the album wouldn't sell as well and it failed to reach gold status. After that, it is unclear as to what happened with Abbott. He was either dropped from Columbia or left the label. He seemed to disappear from the music business until 1996 when he recorded an album of originals and cover tunes titled One World!, which was issued out on his own indie label. A few more albums would pop up over the years, but it doesn't seem he performs much any longer. He also apparently owns a production/publishing company that supplies songs to TV programs and films.


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