Thursday, January 19, 2023

"My Heart Skips a Beat" by The Cover Girls

Song#:  4031
Date:  09/09/1989
Debut:  75
Peak:  38
Weeks:  14
Genre:  Dance-Pop, Freestyle

Pop Bits:  This vocal trio's debut album Show Me sold fairly well reaching #64. It was boosted by five singles that all reached the Pop chart with the best of the bunch, "Because of You," getting to #27. This was all done via the independent label Fever. The results boded well for the trio and it enticed Capitol Records to sign them. Being on a major label should have given them a bigger budget and a better promotional push. Work began on a second album with the trio working with mostly the same producers/writers that helped out on their debut. We Can't Go Wrong would be ready by the end of the summer and this first single would be issued out. It would become their second Top 10 at Dance reaching #4. On the Pop chart, the tune was able to become their third to crack the Pop Top 40, but that was a bit of a disappointment with both the trio and the label expecting better results.

ReduxReview:  With a move over to Capitol, the trio should have had good enough resources to build upon what they did with their debut album. However, it seems that didn't happen. They needed something far stronger than this tune to get them to the next level. This was a basic, average freestyle dance tune with surprisingly bland production. I hadn't been a fan of the trio's vocals and this track didn't change my mind. It was a step above a demo, but nowhere near in the same league as some of the other freestyle/dance tracks of the day.

ReduxRating:  3/10

Trivia:  For their second album, The Cover Girls would record their first cover tune. They would do a version of "Up on the Roof," a song written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, and first recorded by The Drifters. Recorded in 1962, the song would become the group's third Pop Top 10 hit getting to #5 (#4 R&B) early in '63. The classic hit would go on to make Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (#114) and would make The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The song would be covered by many artists including King herself. She recorded it for her 1970 debut album Writer (a year before her seminal album Tapestry). It was released as a single, but did not chart. However, beside The Drifters, three other artists have reached the Pop chart with a version. The Cryan' Shames got to #85 in 1968. Singer/songwriter Laura Nyro made it to #92 in 1970. Then James Taylor got the song to #29 in 1979. The Cover Girls would not release their track as a single.

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