"What Kind Of Man Would I Be?" - Chicago
from the album Chicago 19 (1988) & Greatest Hits 1982-1989 (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12
Today's song of the day comes from the veteran jazz-rock band turned soft-pop hitmakers Chicago, whose numerical release 19 continued their success with a trio of top 10 hits with "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love", "You're Not Alone", and Billboard's Top Pop hit for 1989, "Look Away". A fourth single from the album, the love ballad "We Can Last Forever", made it to #12 on the Adult Contemporary chart, but missed the pop top 40 at #55. A fifth track from the album would be remixed and included in their third greatest hits set, spanning most of the decade. "What Kind Of Man Would I Be?", written by the band's Jason Scheff, who sings lead, along with Bobby Caldwell and Chas Sanford, was yet another easy listening love anthem that fittingly started the 90s off in the age of Michael Bolton...
"What Kind Of Man Would I Be" became Chicago's 21st and so far most recent top 10 pop hit in the U.S. in February of 1990. The single would also spend four weeks at #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. The song also climbed to #4 in Canada.
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A slightly shorter and different mix of the song was used for the single...
Finally, here's a live performance from one of the song's co-writers, Bobby Caldwell, a top 10 artist in his own right (with "What You Won't Do For Love")..
Up tomorrow: Soap star with diminishing returns.