The Oak Ridge Boys
Written by Dave Hanner
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
January 9, 1981
After their No. 1 hit “Trying to Love Two Women,” the Oak Ridge Boys went top five with the second single from Together, “Heart of Mine.” They returned to the top with the final single from that album.
It’s a remarkably unremarkable record, held back by its tepid production and the erroneous assumption that the chorus was strong enough to work as an opening for the track. The verses do the heavy lifting here, and they’re needed to give context to the song’s repetitive chorus hook.
The Oak Ridge Boys hadn’t quite figured out yet when to rely on a lead vocal and when to apply the four part harmonies, so the latter are a little overused here. They certainly figured it out for their next record though, which remains one of the biggest country singles of all time. That’s up next.
“Beautiful You” gets a C.
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