Monday, September 12, 2011

Paul Carrack - "When You Walk in the Room"

When You Walk In the Room - One Good Reason

(Debuted June 18, 1988, Peaked #90, 3 Weeks on the Chart)

Paul Carrack once more embarked on a solo career after hitting as a lead singer with three different bands. In 1975, he wrote and sang lead on Ace's hit "How Long." In 1981, it was his voice on Squeeze's "Tempted." Then, he once again showed up on Mike + The Mechanics' "Silent Running" in 1986. He also had a minor hit with "I Need You" in 1982.

In 1987, Carrack's solo career really got off the ground with the hits "Don't Shed a Tear" and "One Good Reason." He followed those up with "When You Walk in the Room," a remake of a 1964 Jackie DeShannon song. Carrack had issued the song as a single in the U.K. in 1987, but his record company held it back until the next year for American release. It wasn't a big hit despite being much better than several songs of teh era that were.

There were two videos for "When You Walk in the Room." The one sent to British video outlets was a humorous bit, where Carrack played a smitten schoolboy who was constantly getting beaten up due to his infatuation with a girl. The video below shows the American video. It's not as funny, but it does appear the editor had some fun with the concept. The (uncredited) female singer who keeps appearing as if in a dream is Jackie Rawe.

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