Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Musical Interlude: I've Never Been to Me (1977-82)

Charlene was one of those rarest of birds. A white artist signed to Motown Records. Her 1-hit wonder, "I've Never Been to Me", was first released in 1977, but barely broke the Hot 100.

A few years pass, and radio icon Scott Shannon, then based out of Tampa, played the song for his then-girlfriend. That renewed interest in "I've Never Been to Me", which was given a new life on the Hot 100, peaking at #3, but reaching #1 on the adult contemporary chart, then topping the British pop chart in the fall of 1982.

From Top of the Pops 2, here's Charlene.

Predictably, there was no follow-up, likely due to the time lapse, and the fact that Charlene had moved on to another vocation in England after remarrying.

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