Let’s wrap our review of The Other Sixty during chart week forty-five with a look a the debuts from 1987, 1988, and 1989 that missed out on the Casey (and Shadoe) call.
November 14th, 1987
This is a pretty good soulful Pop song along the lines of Michael McDonald or Living In A Box. But this UK duo is hampered by an awful band name. It’s the kind of tune you’d hear walking around the halls of Bally’s (If you were in a casino during the 80s, you know what I mean.) Produced by Rufus’ Hawk Wolinski, it will peak at Bill & Ted’s favorite number in a few weeks and be their only chart hit.
1987 saw Smokey nab two more Top 10 hits, One Heartbeat and Just To See Her, from his fifteenth solo album. It was great to hear that smooth voice on the radio again. This will be the third release from that LP, a Quiet Storm brewing into the R&B Top 20. But I guess #79 was too much for Pop.
After two straight #1 singles on the Pop and Soul charts, this trio aligns with Full Force again for another ballad a la All Cried Out. It will slide up into the Soul Top 10 but will quizically top out at #78 on the Hot 100.
What is a car without a seat belt? What is love without the feeling of security? Those are the questions that Ric Ocasek and the boys try to answer with the second single release and one of my favorites from Door To Door, their final album with the original lineup. This mid-tempo pop-rocker will get snapped in two at #85.
Alex follows up his first solo Top 40 hit, Fake, with another solid jam from his Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis-produced album, Hearsay. Jellybean Johnson gets involved with this one as well. Featuring Lisa Keith on backing vocals, it will become another R&B Top 10 while reaching #4 on the UK charts. Don’t mean to be a nag, but this should have climbed higher than #70 Pop.
November 12th, 1988
Ex-Laker girl Paula Abdul keeps trying to break her debut album, Forever Your Girl, by releasing a second single. No one was biting as this one debuts at its peak. But what a difference a year makes. It will get re-released in the Fall of 1989 and eventually reach #3, becoming her fourth straight Top 10 single.
Even though it’s 1988, Kenny was still keeping his boat out of dry dock with another smooth West Coast Pop entry. This was the second single from his Back To Avalon album and features backing vocals by Starship’s Mickey Thomas. It’s another case of how-did-this-not-rise-higher-than, for this example, #82.
Denise became a one-hit-wonder this year with Sayin’ Sorry (Don’t Make It Right), but they played this song on New York radio just as much. I kinda like it better than her hit myself. This freestyle track was big in the clubs but will only inch up two spots on the Hot 100.
Ouch, the dreaded #100 entry. New Edition only had one Top 40 hit from their album, Heart Break, which I felt was their best to date. In fact, it spun off five R&B Top 40 hits, with four of them hitting the Top 5. It’s another Jimmy Jam/ Terry Lewis collaboration, but this New Jack track will only swing up to #95.
November 11th, 1989
No one expected this UK trio to have two #1s from the second album, The Raw & The Cooked. This was the fourth charting single from the album, and they still one more to go. Rolling over the Funky Drummer sample, this one had a good chance to be the fourth Top 40 from these guys. But it stalled at #54.
This will be the biggest Hot 100 chart success for this Freestyle trio from Brooklyn from their debut album, Up All Night. Although it won’t reach the Expose heights, it will still rise as high as #59.
It’s a shame that Pop radio didn’t make any room for this New Jersey rock quintet when they let glam metal acts with half the energy and muscle walk right in. This was the group’s second charting single from their debut and their best Hot 100 showing, peaking at #63.