Thursday, February 23, 2023

"Get on Your Feet" by Gloria Estefan

Song#:  4058
Date:  09/30/1989
Debut:  65
Peak:  11
Weeks:  17
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  Estefan officially kicked off her solo career with the album Cuts Both Ways. Its first single, the ballad "Don't Wanna Lose You," would be a gold selling #1 Pop/#2 AC hit. That result helped the album get to #6. Next up for release was this second single. The upbeat track seemed destined for the Pop Top 10, but then it halted just shy at the dreaded #11 spot. The song would also reach #5 AC and #20 Dance. By this point in time, the album had already reached the platinum sales mark.

ReduxReview:  Estefan definitely needed an upbeat follow up and this one was a good choice. It melded right in with hits she had with Miami Sound Machine. However, with the song missing out on the Top 10 it was a signal that perhaps folks were getting a little tired of the Estefan/MSM sound. I think Estefan played it safe and didn't change anything once she got billed solo. She could have updated her sound and skills by collaborating with a hot producer or songwriter, but she basically kept it in the family and for a first effort apart from the band that was okay. However, doing the same thing over and over doesn't do much to sustain a career on the charts and Estefan would find that out as the 90s wore on and the hits stopped coming. It was the Gloria and Emilio show and rarely was anyone invited to join in and alter the script and because of that, her albums quickly became interchangeable (which is kind of a polite way to say boring). Save for a couple of songs, I basically lost interest in Estefan after this single.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  This song's title was mostly used as the title of a Broadway show. On Your Feet! was a jukebox musical based on the lives of Gloria Estefan and her husband Emilio. The show mainly consisted of hits and other songs from Estefan and Miami Sound Machine. On Your Feet! would begin its run on Broadway in the fall of 2015 with Ana VillafaƱe portraying Gloria Estefan. The show would run through to January of 2017 with a national tour following. Reviews of the show were generally positive and did healthy box office business. However, it was virtually ignored at the Tony's where the show only received one nomination for Best Choreography.


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