“Too Many Lovers”
Written by Sam Hogin, Ted Lindsay, and Mark True
#1 (1 week)
August 8, 1981
After grazing the top twenty with “Take it Easy,” the second single from These Days, Crystal Gayle released “Too Many Lovers,” which gave the album its title.
At the time, Gayle wanted to change the song’s title straight out, feeling it misrepresented the song’s content. I’m not sure I agree with that, but it made no difference in the end, as it became her final No. 1 hit from her brief stint on Columbia Records.
“Too Many Lovers” is clever and sophisticated, doling out an indictment on the impermanence of love affairs in then-modern times:
Games and lies, lies and games
Made up faces with counterfeit names
Too many lovers
Not enough love these days
Each night, all night
At night it’s a brand new dance
That love, your love, true love is bound to change
The arrangement borrows elements from both rock and soul, which coaxes a fiery performance from Gayle. She’s an artist who isn’t given much credit for how much she pushed the sound of country music forward, and this is one of the better examples of that.
Her third and final album for Columbia was released next. Hollywood, Tennessee produced the top five hits “The Woman in Me” and “You Never Gave Up On Me,” as well as the top ten hit “Livin’ in These Troubled Times.”
We’ll see Gayle again with her stunning debut single for Elektra, which pairs her with songwriter Rodney Crowell and producer Jimmy Bowen.
“Too Many Lovers” gets a B+.
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