Friday, March 25, 2011

Lee Greenwood -- "I.O.U."

I.O.U. - Lee Greenwood: Greatest Hits

(Debuted May 28, 1983, Peaked #53, 11 Weeks on the Chart)

Lee Greenwood is better known for "God Bless the U.S.A.," a song that is loved by many for the emotions it brings up and detested by many for the same exact reason. Since that song was never listed on the Billboard Hot 100, I don't get the chance to share what feelings it stirs inside me here. Due to the political implications it might lead to (in either direction), perhaps that's for the best.

Greenwood expresses his emotion in this song, though, and it's not for patriotism. This is a love song, and he's expressing all the reasons he feels he's better off with his better half. Greenwood didn't write this one, though: it was written by ex-Gary Puckett & the Union Gap bassist Kerry Chater and 70s pop singer Austin Roberts ("Something's Wrong With Me"). It may surprise fans just how many rock and pop artists from the 60s and 70s went on to write hit records in Nashville in the 1980s.

"I.O.U." was Greenwood's biggest crossover hit. In addition to its pop showing, it went into the Top 10 on both the country and adult contemporary charts.

(P.S.: In the 1970s, there was a song by Jimmy Dean called "I.O.U." that was a list of the things his mother gave him. This is not a remake of that song.)

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