Wednesday, April 1, 2020

"Endless Nights" by Eddie Money

Song#:  3090
Date:  04/11/1987
Debut:  88
Peak:  21
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Pop, Rock

Pop Bits:  After years of having mainly middling hits on the Pop chart, Money grabbed his first Top 10 with the #4 "Take Me Home Tonight" from his sixth album Can't Hold Back. He nearly got a second Top 10 with the follow up "I Wanna Go Back," which got to #14. The double dose of hits prompted the release of this third single. It would be Money's fourth Top 10 at Rock reaching #10. At Pop, the tune just missed out on the Top 20 stopping shy at #21. The album would reach #20 and become Money's fourth to go platinum.

ReduxReview:  This is the third gem in a row from Money. It was a well-written tune perfectly arranged and produced by Money with Richie Zito. Along with "I Wanna Go Back," this really should have been a Top 10 hit. It's an easy going track with a sweet, hooky chorus. I also like that little trill in the background at the end of the choruses. I think two other artists could have had a hit with this song - Bryan Adams and Corey Hart. It would have fit both of them well, however they wrote their own songs and would have never considered recording it. Luckily, Money got first crack at it and came up with a winner.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  This song was written by John Cesario, Michele Collyer, and Steve Mullen. For all three writers, this would be their only song to reach the charts. Cesario and Mullen would co-write the tune "Everytime I Think of You" for the 1987 second album I'm Only Fooling Myself by future Mr. Big lead singer Eric Martin ("Information," 1985, #87 Pop). The track would be released as a single, but it would not chart. Cesario would set aside music aspirations to work with media and internet companies. In 2012, he would be a co-founder of Rocket Songs, a website/business that culls songs from professional writers and publishers and makes them available for licensing to music artists. Perhaps a singer who has been performing cover tunes wants to expand into originals, but they are not yet writing songs themselves. They can go on Rocket Songs, shop around for new tunes, license them, and then record/perform them.


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