Personal crises aside, I recently heard the sparkling track "Baby I Lied" on my beloved Sirius XM and enjoyed another one of those surprisingly woozy music-lover moments all of us who draw basic living energy from music can't get enough of. Singer Deborah Allen parlayed her considerable beauty and underrated talent into a highly successful career during the first half of the '80s, but this song justifiably remains her signature moment. To her credit, she also co-wrote the tune with a couple of Nashville's veteran composers, which wasn't all that common for crossover hits of that era. As a Top 10 hit on the adult contemporary charts and a Top 30 entry on Billboard's pop charts, this accessible, genre-blending minor classic clearly demonstrates that genuinely high-quality songs find their way to appreciative audiences - even 30 years after what many deemed a random day in the fleeting pop music sun. The hooks plunge deep, especially if you sit back and graciously let them grab hold.
- Sample or download "Baby I Lied" here.
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