Sunday, April 02, 2017

Songoftheday 4/2/17 - You better make tracks fast on the double The girl's jazzy but she's nothing but trouble...

"She Ain't Worth It" - Glenn Medeiros featuring Bobby Brown
from the album Glenn Medeiros (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #1 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 14

Today's song of the day comes from Hawaiian pop singer Glenn Medeiros, who got discovered as a teenager singing on his dad's tour bus, and released an indie single cover of George Benson's "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You" which became a worldwide smash and climbed to the top 20 on the American pop chart in the summer of 1987. Two more minor hits were released from his self-titled debut album on Amherst Records, "Lonely Won't Leave Me Alone" (which made the French top-40 at #13) (US #67)  and "Watching Over You" (US #80). Both of those were soft ballads like his first. The following year, after being signed by MCA, Glenn put out his second record, Not Me, but trying to repeat his success with another slow dance song, "Long and Lasting Love", didn't work, stalling down at #68 in the U.S., though it almost made the top-40 in the UK at #42. Another ballad from the record, "Un Roman D'amitie' (Friend You Give Me A Reason)" with French singer/actress Elsa, ended up going to #1 in that country for six weeks. However, since the record went relatively unnoticed in the States, MCA gave Glenn a new jack swing makeover for his next album, another self-titled set that came out in 1990. The first single brought the "big guns", with Bobby Brown guesting a rap on "She Ain't Worth It", written by Brown with Antonina Armato and Ian Prince, got Glenn back on mainstream pop radio in the U.S. in a big way, with the biggest success of his career, with his cooing vocals sounding quite like a certain George Michael...


"She Ain't Worth It" climbed all the way to the top of the American pop chart in July of 1990. The single also crossed over to Billboard's R&B chart, just missing the top-40 at #43. Internationally, the record reached #8 in Australia, and #12 in both the UK and the Netherlands.

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Here's Glenn appearing on a charity telethon in 1990...


...and finally, the Keith Cohen remix of the song, which sadly missed the club chart (his only dance hit came in 1988 with "Never Get Enough Of You" from his second album (#30)...


Up tomorrow: Squeaky-voiced soul singer is playing good.

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