♫ Baby Come Back ♫

To the best of my recollection … and granted, that is faulty these days … I have never played a song by this group, Player, before here on my music posts.

Released in late 1977 as the lead single from their 1977 self-titled debut album, this was the breakthrough single for the band, gaining them mainstream success, hitting number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number ten on the R&B charts in 1978. Their biggest hit single, this song was written and performed by Peter Beckett and J.C. Crowley, the founders of Player.

Beckett is from Liverpool, England (home of The Beatles), but moved to Los Angeles to join a band called Skyband, which broke up after one album. By the time he formed Player with Crowley, his wife had left him and returned to England. Crowley was also going through a breakup, so they channeled their feeling into the song. Beckett sang lead on the track.

Baby Come Back earned Player a record deal. After Peter Beckett and J. C. Crowley, who were both singer-guitarists, wrote the song, they added bass player Ronn Moss and pitched it to producers. The production team of Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter heard its hit potential straight away and took it to RSO Records, which signed the band. Adding drummer John Friesen to the lineup, they recorded their debut album before they ever played live together.

Player is almost exclusively known for this song, but their follow-up single, This Time I’m in It for Love, made a respectable showing, going to #10 in the U.S. The group had a few more minor hits before breaking up in 1982. After the demise of Player, Beckett joined Australia’s Little River Band, who included Baby Got Back on a live album. Beckett also wrote Twist Of Fate for Olivia Newton-John and After All This Time for Kenny Rogers.  There’s some interesting history of the band and its members here if you care to take a gander, though I cannot vouch for the veracity of it.

Baby Come Back
Player

Spending all my nights, all my money going out on the town
Doing anything just to get you off of my mind, yeah
But when the morning comes, I’m right back where I started again
And tryna forget you is just a waste of time

Baby come back, any kind of fool could see
There was something in everything about you
Baby come back, yeah, you can blame it all on me
‘Cause I was wrong, and I just can’t live without you

All day long, wearing a mask of false bravado (false bravado)
Tryna keep up a smile that hides a tear (hides a tear)
But as the sun goes down, I get that empty feeling again
How I wish to God that you were here

Baby come back, yeah, any kind of fool could see
There was something in everything about you
Baby come back, you can blame it all on me
I was wrong, and I just can’t live without you, no

Now that I put it all together, ooh
Give me the chance to make you see (make you see, baby)
Have you used up all the love in your heart? (Oh)
Nothing left for me? Ain’t there nothing left for me?

Baby come back, any kind of fool could see
There was something in everything about you
Baby come back, you can blame it all on me
‘Cause I was wrong, and I just can’t live without you

Baby I was wrong, and I just can’t live

Baby come back

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: John Crowley / Peter Beckett
Baby Come Back lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management, Bluewater Music Corp., Crowleyhouse Music

♫ Reminiscing ♫

I wanted today’s music post to be something Australian, in keeping with my earlier tribute to Australia, but the only song I could think of that was Australian was …

Well, that was certainly a fun one, but perhaps I can do better with one by an Australian group, like Reminiscing by the Little River Band.

This song, first released by Australian rock music group Little River Band in July 1978, remains their greatest success, having peaked at #3 in the U.S.

The song is about a couple reminiscing about their past, recalling favorite songs and memories.  Along with AC/DC, the Little River Band was one of the first Australian rock groups to see commercial success in the US, selling over 25 million records and scoring 13 American Top 40 hits.

Reminiscing
Little River Band

Friday night it was late, I was walking you home
We got down to the gate, I was dreaming of the night
Would it turn out right?
How to tell you girl, I want to build my world around you
Wanna tell you that it’s true
I wanna make you understand I’m talking about a lifetime plan

Well that’s the way it began, we were hand-in-hand
Glen Miller’s band was better than before
We yelled and screamed for more
And those Porter’s tunes made us dance across the room
It ended all too soon
On the way back home I promised you’d never be alone

Hurry, don’t be late
I can’t hardly wait
I said to myself when we’re old
We’ll go dancing in the dark, walking through the park
And reminiscing

Friday night it was late, I was walking you home
We got down to the gate, I was dreaming of the night
Would it turn out right?
Now as the years roll on, each time we hear our favorite song
The memories come along
Older times we’re missing, spending the hours reminiscing

Hurry, don’t be late
I can’t hardly wait
I said to myself when we’re old
We’ll go dancing in the dark, walking through the park
And reminiscing

Songwriters: Graeham George Goble / Graham George Goble
Reminiscing lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

♫ Lady ♫

Tonight’s song is one of those that just popped into my head unannounced, but it is one I’ve always liked.  I did not know until tonight that Little River Band was from Australia!  Or perhaps I did know and had forgotten … I seem to forget a lot of things lately.

Lady is a 1978 song written by Graeham Goble, and performed by Australian rock music group Little River Band. It was the second single release from their Sleeper Catcher album. The song was their second Top 10 hit in the U. S., peaking at #10.  It hit #29 in Canada, and interestingly only #46 in Australia.

Beyond that, I can find no trivia about this song, so just kick back and enjoy the music.

Lady
Little River Band

Look around you, look up here
Take time to make time
Make time to be there
Look around, be a part
Feel for the winter
But don’t have a cold heart

And I love you best
You’re not like the rest
You’re there when I need you
You’re there when I need
I’m gonna need you
A long time ago

I had a lady to love
She made me think of things
I never thought of
Now she’s gone and I’m on my own
A love song has come into my mind
A love song
It was there all the time

So lady
Let me take a look at you now
You’re there on the dance floor
Making me want you somehow
Oh lady
I think it’s only fair
I should say to you
Don’t be thinkin’ that I don’t want you
‘Cause maybe I do

Look around, come to me
I have no answers
But know where I wanna be
I look around, play a part
I was born in the winter
And cooled by a warm heart

And I love you best
You’re not like the rest
You’re there when I need you
You’re there when I need
I’m gonna need you

So lady
Let me take a look at you now
You’re there on the dance floor
Making me want you somehow
Oh lady
I think it’s only fair I should say to you
Don’t be thinkin’ that I don’t want you
‘Cause maybe I do
Don’t be thinkin’ that I don’t want you
Lady I do

Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Graeham George Goble / Graham George Goble
Lady lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

♫ Reminiscing ♫

This song, first released by Australian rock music group Little River Band in July 1978, remains their greatest success, having peaked at #3 in the U.S.

The song is about a couple reminiscing about their past, recalling favorite songs and memories.  Along with AC/DC, the Little River Band was one of the first Australian rock groups to see commercial success in the US, selling over 25 million records and scoring 13 American Top 40 hits.

Reminiscing
Little River Band

Friday night it was late, I was walking you home
We got down to the gate, I was dreaming of the night
Would it turn out right?
How to tell you girl, I want to build my world around you
Wanna tell you that it’s true
I wanna make you understand I’m talking about a lifetime plan

Well that’s the way it began, we were hand-in-hand
Glen Miller’s band was better than before
We yelled and screamed for more
And those Porter’s tunes made us dance across the room
It ended all too soon
On the way back home I promised you’d never be alone

Hurry, don’t be late
I can’t hardly wait
I said to myself when we’re old
We’ll go dancing in the dark, walking through the park
And reminiscing

Friday night it was late, I was walking you home
We got down to the gate, I was dreaming of the night
Would it turn out right?
Now as the years roll on, each time we hear our favorite song
The memories come along
Older times we’re missing, spending the hours reminiscing

Hurry, don’t be late
I can’t hardly wait
I said to myself when we’re old
We’ll go dancing in the dark, walking through the park
And reminiscing

Songwriters: Graeham George Goble / Graham George Goble
Reminiscing lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc