Sometimes, the local radio station here where I live can offer a bit of inspiration for me. Today’s post isn’t the first time, but often I portray some of the things that happen on air in a negative light. This time, though, I heard a song played that I hadn’t heard for a very long time, either on or off their airwaves. That song was the artist’s first single to reach the Billboard Hot 100, where it landed at #1 in 1987. It was the only top 40 hit the artist would have on the chart, making him something of a one-hit wonder on that chart. He would chart a few additional singles on the R&B listings, but even so, nothing proved as enduring as today’s song.
Today’s 80’s Mania Monday song is “Shake You Down” by Gregory Abbott.
Growing up in New York City, Abbott was inspired by his mother to learn piano and practice singing. However, his career path started in academia, studying psychology at Cal-Berkeley and teaching English there. At the age of 22, he married soul singer Freda Payne (“Band Of Gold”). The marriage was short-lived, but after the divorce, he began his music career.
Despite having a #1 single and a million selling album the first time out, Abbott was unable to continue the success. He did have two more top five R&B hits, but his chart career was over by 1989. He has steadily released music independently over the years, but nothing to match his early success. But he’ll always have “Shake You Down,” and that song will always be remembered fondly by those who loved it back in the day.
Do you remember this one? Tell me about it in the comments. As always, thanks for reading and listening.