Friday, May 11, 2012

Lee Ritenour - "Cross My Heart"

Cross My Heart - Rit, Vol. 2

(Debuted December 4, 1982, Peaked #69, 4 Weeks on the Chart)

I featured Lee Ritenour's biggest hit during this blog's first month and explained in that post how much Ritenour influenced music simply by being a popular session musician of the era. Despite showing up in the liner notes on dozens of hit singles and LPs, he only managed two hits on the pop chart under his own name.

The second hit was "Cross My Heart," which featured Eric Tagg on vocals (he also sang the lyrics on "Is It You") and Ritenour's distinctive guitar in the instrumental bridge. As a single from the 1982 album Rit 2, it was actually given a more funk-driven and electronic arrangement than his first hit. At the same time, it was obviously well-crafted studio work and tilted heavily to the adult audience. However, it languished on the chart and fell off fairly quickly. That's a shame, as it deserved to get a better showing than it did.

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