Thursday, February 4, 2010

Worth Another Listen - Steve Forbert




In the late 70s and early 80s, Steve Forbert was all the rage. To many fans and critics, he was a cross between Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, and destined for stardom. That, however, was not proven to be true, although I do enjoy his music, and have a couple of his releases in my collection. In 1979 he released his second album, Jackrabbit Slim. Stylistically, he was cut from the folk singer/songwriter mold, so it is no surprise I would like him. Also, he was around my age, and cute as a button. His own particular brand of folk/rock could binge on the pop side at times, as it did with his biggest hit, Romeo's Tune. I already had a crush on the boy, and this pretty much sealed that deal. Such a sweet, sweet song. It reached #11 on the Billboard Top 100 chart.



In 1982, Forbert had a falling out with his record label, and that kept him out of the recording studio for six years, and he never quite recovered his popularity. He remains to this day a bit of a critics darling, but his sales were never the same. Forbert remains a full-time musician, putting out CDs and touring, but has not since cracked the pop charts. However, he still looks good.



You can find out more about Steve Forbert by checking his website here.

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