Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Songoftheday 8/2/16 - All alone tonight I'm calling out your name, somewhere deep inside this part of you remains...

"Where Are You Now?" - Jimmy Harnen with Synch
from the albums Get The Feelin' [Synch] (1986) and Can't Fight The Midnight [Jimmy Harnen] (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #77 (one week, 1986) and #10 (one week, 1989)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11 (in 1989)

Today's song of the day comes from the soft-rock band Synch, who came together in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area in the mid-80's. Releasing their debut album (and only album) in 1986, one of the tracks, co-written by drummer Jimmy Harnen, would become their first minor pop radio success, as the ballad "Where Are You Now?" landed on the U.S. pop chart in the spring of that year, reaching #77. However, even though the song was a big regional hit in the tri-state area (like New Jersey, Pennsyvania, and Delaware), they weren't able to follow it up, and Columbia dropped the band. Fast forward three years, when radio DJ's would occasionally mine personal faves like Sheriff's "When I'm With You" and UB40's "Red Red Wine" to become resuscitated hits, and this gem was another in the line of soft-pop successes to find a home on the radio in the late 80's. Re-signed to WTG Records (a subsidiary of Epic/Columbia partly led by Tommy Mottola), Harnen was credited on the single, and released his own solo set as well featuring "Where Are You Now?"...

In its second run on the chart, "Where Are You Now?" climbed to the top-10 on the American pop chart in June of 1989. The single also went to #3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Jimmy couldn't keep the momentum going, and went back to working behind the scenes, becoming an even more important player in the music industry, as an executive for different labels, leading up to heading big-time country labels Big Machine, Valory, and Republic Nashville currently.

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And here's an audio clip of the band performing the song live...

Up tomorrow: Two of the biggest hitmakers of the rock era can weather anything.

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