Sunday, December 13, 2020

"She's Fly" by Tony Terry

Song#:  3346
Date:  11/28/1987
Debut:  92
Peak:  80
Weeks:  9
Genre:  R&B, New Jack Swing

Pop Bits:  Terry began his career in music as a backup singer, but through connections eventually earned a chance at a solo career with Epic Records. He recorded a debut album titled Forever Yours and this first single was issued out. It did well at R&B reaching #10 on that chart. It then crossed over to Pop, but it didn't catch on as well and fizzled near the bottom of the chart after a couple of months. A follow-up single, "Lovey Dovey," would do even better at R&B reaching #4, but the tune failed to crack the Pop chart. The two R&B hits helped the album reach #27 R&B/#151 Pop.

ReduxReview:  This was a solid New Jack Swing track that probably would have done better had it come out a year or so later. NJS was still breaking at the time and while the new genre was doing well at R&B, with a few minor exceptions, like "Casanova" by LeVert, it was taking a little time for it to get into the pop mainstream. Keith Sweat and Bobby Brown would ignite the genre in '88, but when Terry's single came out, it was still something that was perhaps considered too R&B for pop. Still, it was a good track even though it may not have been quite as memorable as upcoming New Jack hits.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Terry's debut album was produced by Ted Currier. Currier had remixed/produced tracks for several artists including George Clinton's 1982 R&B #1 "Atomic Dog." Another act he worked with was the hip-hop group The Boogie Boys, with which Terry had performed as a background vocalist. The Boogie Boys recorded three albums for Capitol Records between '85 and '88. They mainly became known for their #10 R&B hit "A Fly Girl," which didn't make the Pop chart, but bubbled under at #102.


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