Day 193: Patti Austin & James Ingram - Baby Come To Me
When originally released as a single in early 1982, the song only had modest success, only reaching #73 on the Billboard charts despite featuring two proven vocalists and having been produced by Quincy Jones. Enter General Hospital. When used during that season as a love theme for Luke Spencer, ABC received so much interest in the song that Warner Brothers re-released it and it went to #1 on the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary Charts in early 1983. Oh, and who’s ubiquitous warbling is that on the chorus? You betcha…Michael McDonald
Canadian songstress Brenda Russell released her third solo album, Two Eyes, in 1983. Despite guest appearances from chart-toppers like Michael McDonald, Christopher Cross, Al Jarreau, Rita Coolidge and James Ingram, the album failed to chart in the US. This tune was the lead single which, like the album, failed to achieve much success. The song was co-written by fellow yacht rocker Bill LaBounty and produced by Tommy LiPuma, who worked with other smooth musicians like Al Jarreau, MIchael Franks, and George Benson.
This 1983 single from the duo’s multi-platinum album H2Owent to #7 on the pop charts and #4 on the adult contemporary charts here in the US. The song was written by Darryl Hall and produced by the band. It was the second of three consecutive top 10 hits for the band.
Released as the second single from their self-titled 1983 album, “That’s All” fared quite well on the US pop charts, reaching #6 in early 1984, making it their first US top 10 hit. The song is a group composition with Phil handling the lyrics. The band also co-produced the track with their longtime collaborator Hugh Padgham.