Sunday, June 11, 2017

Songoftheday 6/11/17 - I've been holding back words and waiting for time, 'cause there's a lesson here somewhere I know it's mine...

"Time For Letting Go" - Jude Cole
from the album A View From 3rd Street (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #32 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 4

Today's song of the day comes from singer/songwriter Jude Cole, who had scored his first top-40 pop hit in the summer of 1990 with the pop/rock "Baby It's Tonight". His follow-up is a more softer and pensive break-up track, "Time For Letting Go". Written by the artist, it give a more nuanced version of the struggle in romantic relationship that give rise to the adult pop genre in the 90s...

"Time For Letting Go" became Cole's second and last top-40 pop hit in October of 1990. The single also climbed to #16 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart, his biggest success on that format, while peaking at #33 on their Mainstream Rock radio list. A third single from the album, "House Full Of Reasons", was a minor hit on the pop (#69) and AC (#42) charts, and a fourth release, "Compared To Nothing", got to #23 on the Adult Contemporary list.

In 1992, Cole returned with a third solo album Start The Car, with the road-trip-worthy title track driving to #6 on the Mainstream Rock chart, and #71 pop. That was followed by "Tell The Truth", which made it to #19 Adult Contemporary,  then "It Comes Around", which reached the same rank on the Rock list. A fourth single from the album, "Worlds Apart", slipped in at #37 AC. Both this record and A View From 3rd Street are excellent sets that stay fresh after all these years.

Switching to Island Records, Cole had one more minor Adult Contemporary hit in 1995 with "Believe In You" (#37), before concentrating on writing and producing, most visibly for the Californian adult-pop band Lifehouse ("You And Me").

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In 1998, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus released a cover of "Time For Letting Go" as the first single from his Shot Full Of Love album, and reached #70 on the country chart...

Up tomorrow: A diva is romantically patient.

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