Sunday, March 27, 2022

"Sincerely Yours" by Sweet Sensation (with Romeo J.D.)

Song#:  3789
Date:  02/04/1989
Debut:  93
Peak:  14
Weeks:  18
Genre:  Freestyle, Dance-Pop

Pop Bits:  This female trio was four singles deep into their debut album Take It While It's Hot and still hadn't scored a significant Pop chart hit. The fourth single, "Never Let You Go," peaked one notch lower that its predecessor at #58. Normally, the label would call it quits by this point, however "Never Let You Go" ended up peaking at #1 on the Dance chart and do to that success it was decided to give it a go with a fifth single. "Sincerely Yours" was selected and it ended up being the right choice. Although the tune wouldn't due all that well at Dance topping out at #30, it would finally break the trio into the upper reaches of the Pop chart getting inside the Top 20. Thanks to the hit, the album would rebound and make it to a new peak of #63.

ReduxReview:  I wasn't necessarily a fan of the trio's first two singles and this one didn't really blow me away either. However, it was a little more hooky and pop oriented that their previous efforts and that helped it on the Pop chart. The addition of Romeo J.D. was a good choice as well. Frankly, it kind of sounded like something that Debbie Gibson might have come up with had she been toying more with freestyle. Perhaps it was that feeling that finally grabbed listener's attention.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This song featured a rap/vocal by Romeo J.D. (real name Joe Malloy). Romeo had some success in '85 as part of the hip-hop trio Boogie Boys. Their debut album City Life reached #10 R&B thanks in part to the #6 R&B hit "A Fly Girl." The Boogie Boys would record two more albums that didn't do as well. It was while The Boogie Boys were recording in the studio that two members of the soon-to-be Sweet Sensation came in. The chance meeting led to Romeo writing or co-writing five tracks for Sweet Sensation's debut album including the #1 Dance hit "Never Let You Go" along with "Sincerely Yours," on which he got to perform.


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