Friday, December 4, 2020

"Can't Stay Away from You" by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  3338
Date:  11/21/1987
Debut:  89
Peak:  6
Weeks:  23
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  While the band's album Let It Loose started off with the memorable #5 Pop hit "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," they stumbled a bit with its follow-up "Betcha Say That." The song just scratched the Top 40 peaking at a low #36. It was a disappointment and they needed to turn things around quickly. For a third single, this ballad was issued out. It ended up being the right move that got them back into the Pop Top 10. It was also a big winner at AC becoming their second to top that chart.

ReduxReview:  I forgot about this hit. When I saw the title, I couldn't remember it at all, but of course once the song started it came back to me. It was a lovely tune that was perfect for AC radio. Why they didn't release this as the second single is a mystery. It would have been a far better choice than the anemic "Betcha Say That." Luckily, this song was strong enough to overcome that tepidly received single and got Estefan back in the Top 10.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  It took a while for Estefan and Miami Sound Machine to get a foothold in the UK. While they started off with a bang with the 1984 #6 "Dr. Beat," a song that missed the US Pop chart, things quickly cooled. Follow-up singles failed to do well and they remained locked out of the Top 10 with the tracks from their US breakthrough LP Primitive Love. As the singles began to roll out from Let It Loose, it seemed the trend was going to continue with "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" stalling at #16. When "Can't Stay Away from You" was initially released, it was a failure topping out at #88. However, the band finally got back into the UK Top 10 with "Anything for You" (#10). After that hit, "Can't Stay Away from You" was reissued out and on its second run it reached #7. A third Top 10 would follow. Because of the hits, the album would reach #1 on the UK chart. It would end up being the best selling LP of their career going 4x platinum. Estefan would continue to have success in the UK scoring several platinum and multi-platinum albums along with an additional twenty-four Top 40 entries.


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