Tuesday, July 28, 2020

"Spring Love" by The Cover Girls

Song#:  3208
Date:  08/01/1987
Debut:  98
Peak:  98
Weeks:  1
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  This assembled NYC-based vocal trio's first single, "Show Me," was a hit in clubs and reached #4 on the Dance chart. The indie single didn't do too bad on the Pop chart nearly cracking the Top 40 (#44). Although they established themselves as a freestyle outfit with that first song, for their next single they took a different path and released this mid-tempo pop tune. It wasn't as well received and had a hard time breaking through. It scratched the R&B chart at #82 and spent one lone week on the Pop chart. If the trio was going to catch on in a bigger way, they were going to need something better than this, which did happen with their next single.

ReduxReview:  This song has a young teen feel to it and I would have though it a bit too juvenile for trio of women in their 20s to sing, but thanks to their thin, high-pitched voices, it ended up working okay for them. However, anyone who was a fan of "Show Me" wasn't going to have interest in this single. It was nice that they changed things up with their second single, but as an indie artist trying to get established, it would have been better if they stuck with what got them noticed in the first place. This is a cute little tune, but nothing that was going to further their career. They were lucky that folks gave them a second chance with their next single, which returned them to their freestyle sound.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  This song was written by Pete Warner and Rainy Davis. Davis was a singer/songwriter from Brooklyn that began singing with a few NY groups. Her songwriting skills came in handy when through a friend she got the opportunity to write and submit a song to Janet Jackson. Davis and her husband/writing partner Warner came up with "Sweetheart." Unfortunately, by the time it was ready to send over to Jackson, she was already deep in her session for her album Control with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. However, that disappointment led to something better. Davis was encouraged to record the song herself. She did and issued it out in '86 on the indie Supertronics label. It ended up doing fairly well reaching #24 R&B/#42 Dance. Its success led to a contract with Columbia Records. Davis recorded her debut album Sweetheart and its second single, "Lowdown So & So" would be her biggest hit reaching #9 Dance and #14 R&B. Her second album yielded only one minor charting single and that result left her off the Columbia roster. However, her original hit "Sweetheart" would later be recorded in 1998 by Mariah Carey and rapper/producer Jermaine Dupri. The song would appear on Dupri's debut album Life in 1472 while also being included on Carey's #1's album, both released in the fall in '98. While the track wasn't officially released in the US as a single, it did garner enough airplay for it to reach #53 on the R&B chart.


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