Monday, February 27, 2012

Donnie Iris - "My Girl"

My Girl - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Donnie Iris

(Debuted March 27, 1982, Peaked #25, 14 Weeks on the Chart)

While Donnie Iris enjoyed several hits in the early 1980s, he wasn't exactly new to the music scene. Under his birth name of Dominic Ierace, he was a member of the Pittsburgh-based band The Jaggerz and wrote their 1970 #2 hit "The Rapper." He was also a member of the group Wild Cherry, but not until after they did the #1 single "Play That Funky Music." We went solo in time for the 1980s and placed three of his songs into the Top 40. "My Girl" was the third of those hits.

Using a rock foundation but clearly showing a doo-wop influence, "My Girl" (not a remake of The Temptations' hit from 1965), ended up being his highest-charting pop hit, even though 1981's "Ah! Leah" has been better-remembered. It is a great song that really deserves to get more exposure on its own merit.

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