Wednesday, March 3, 2021

"Prove Your Love" by Taylor Dayne

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  3422
Date:  02/20/1988
Debut:  73
Peak:  7
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Dance-Pop, Hi-NRG

Pop Bits:  Dayne scored her first major hit with her debut single "Tell It to My Heart." It became an unexpected gold seller that reached #7 Pop/#4 Dance. Its success prompted Dayne's label, Arista, to ask for a full album and she quickly delivered a debut that included the title track hit "Tell It to My Heart" along with this follow-up single. The song would become Dayne's second Pop Top 10 and her first #1 on the Dance chart. The two hits would help the album get to #21 and in the spring of '88 it would be certified gold.

ReduxReview:  This was another blistering dance track from Dayne and it easily became her second Top 10. Like her first single, it was a hooky track with a big 80s production, and another solid vocal performance from Dayne. I didn't like it as well as "Tell It to My Heart," but it was still an enjoyable dance track that played well on the radio.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  This song was co-written by Seth Swirsky and Arnie Roman. It was Swirsky's second hit, his first being Dayne's "Tell It to My Heart," which he co-wrote with Ernie Gold. Swirsky's songwriting career got kicked off in the mid-80s with The Spinners and Air Supply both recording his songs, but it was the pair of hits by Dayne that really got him noticed. He would end up supplying songs for many artists including Olivia Newton-John, Celine Dion, Michael McDonald, Faith Evans, and Exposé. He also co-wrote the song "One of Those Love Songs," which was recorded in 1998 by the female R&B vocal group Xscape. In 2000, the song became the subject of a lawsuit in which Swirsky sued Mariah Carey for copyright infringement. It seems that the chorus of Carey's 1999 recording "Thank God I Found You" was very similar to Swirsky's song, which he co-wrote with Warryn Campbell. The songwriting credits on Carey's track listed Carey along with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. That recording would be released as a single and would be a #1 gold seller in 2000. Apparently, Swirsky heard the song on the radio and recognized that it was basically his song. He sued Carey and in the first trial, the judge found in favor of Carey siting insufficient proof. However, after an appeal another judge deemed there was enough evidence and a second trial was set. However, before the case could be heard a settlement was reached between the Swirsky and Carey.


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