Bluer Than Blue

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"Bluer Than Blue"
Single by Michael Johnson
from the album The Michael Johnson Album
Released1978
Format45 (rpm)
GenreSoft rock
Length2:56
LabelEMI America
Writer(s)Bernice Parks
ProducerSteve Gibson
Brent Maher
 
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"Bluer Than Blue"
Single by Michael Johnson
from the album The Michael Johnson Album
Released1978
Format45 (rpm)
GenreSoft rock
Length2:56
LabelEMI America
Writer(s)Bernice Parks
ProducerSteve Gibson
Brent Maher

"Bluer Than Blue" is the title of a 1978 song recorded by Michael Johnson. The song was written by noted pop and country music songwriter Bernice Parks. Originally recorded as a demo, "Bluer Than Blue" was taken as the first single from Johnson's subsequent LP, The Michael Johnson Album. It became the singer's first Top 40 hit, reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in summer 1978. It also reached #10 on the Cash Box chart. It proved even more popular with adult contemporary radio stations, spending three weeks at #1 on the Easy Listening chart that same year.[1] To date, this is Johnson's highest-charting single on Pop or Adult Contemporary charts.

The song is from the point of view of a man who is in a failing relationship, and is trying to convince himself his situation will improve once the one he loved moves on; however, it is evident by the lyrics to the song his efforts are thus far ineffective.

The single received generally favorable reviews at the time of its release. Cashbox Magazine described Johnson's work as "full of touching ballads with all the right production touches, subtle instrumentation and poignant vocals necessary to keep the tenderness from becoming insipid."[2]

In 1978, Johnson was quoted as saying, "I knew it was potentially a successful song but I didn't think it would go this far. It seemed, well, too mature. The experience of being married or living with someone is hard to identify with for younger people."[3]

The song has become a well-known American 1970s soft rock single that continues to be played on radio stations.

In 1996, Barry Manilow covered the song on his album Summer of '78.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978)Peak
position
Canadian RPM Top Singles6
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary1
US Billboard Hot 10012
Cash Box Chart [4]10
US Billboard Adult Contemporary1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition, 1996.
  2. ^ Taken from Michael Johnson's personal website, www.mjblue.com
  3. ^ The Star-Phoenix (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan), Los Angeles (AP), Pop star treatment stuns singer, July 7, 1978, p.21.
  4. ^ http://tropicalglen.com/Archives/70s_files/1978