Thursday, November 17, 2016

Songoftheday 11/17/16 - You say I know it's a waste of time there's no use trying, so scared that life's gonna pass you by your spirit dying...

"Get On Your Feet" - Gloria Estefan
from the album Cuts Both Ways (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #11 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8


Today's song of the day comes from Cuban-American pop/dance artist Gloria Estefan, who had struck out on her own nominally from the Miami Sound Machine in the fall of 1989 with her #1 pop ballad "Don't Wanna Lose You". The second single from the Cuts Both Ways album would be an upbeat number with Latin-style rhythms that heralded back to the band days with "Get On Your Feet". Written by Miami Sound Machine members Clay Ostwald, Jorge Casas, and John DeFaria, the party anthem was a big hit in concert...


"Get On Your Feet" became the second hit from the album, just missing the pop top-ten in America in November of 1989. The song did better at Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio, peaking at #5 on that list, while the 12" remix returned her to the Dance Club Play chart in Billboard at #20. Internationally, the record reached the top-40 in Ireland (#13), Belgium (#35), Canada (#16), the Netherlands (#15), and in the UK (#23).

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Here's Gloria live in 1991 in Miami...


...and again in Vegas in 2003...


Finally, while "Get On Your Feet" wasn't one of her biggest chart hits, it so encapsulated the legacy of her music that she named the musical of her life for it. Here's the cast of On Your Feet on The View in 2015...


Up tomorrow: The lascivious rap song that sparked the biggest legal fight in music history.

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