Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Gary Wright - "Really Wanna Know You"
(Debuted July 4, 1981, Peaked #16, 17 Weeks on the Chart)
Fans of 1970s music remember Gary Wright from his twin #2 hits from 1976: "Dream Weaver" and "Love is Alive." Before those hits, he was a member of the British band Spooky Tooth (despite being American) and contributed the piano to the 1972 smash hit "Without You." His only other Top 40 single came in 1981 when "Really Wanna Know You" appeared in its own waves of synthesized sound.
While the song isn't going to make fans (or casual listeners, for that matter) forget those two earlier hits songs, the five year period may have helped Wright get past some of the backlash that hurt some artists from the 1970s. In any case, "Really Wanna Know You" can stand on its own merit. While it has a similar ethereal quality as "Dream Weaver," it doesn't sound like a clone of that song, which was probably helpful.