Written by Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan
Radio & Records
#1 (2 weeks)
August 6 – August 13, 1982
#1 (1 week)
August 21, 1982
Sylvia earns her second No. 1 hit with her signature song.
Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan co-wrote five consecutive singles for Sylvia. “Nobody” followed the top ten hit “Heart On the Mend,” which was the final single from her Drifter, and the top fifteen hit “Sweet Yesterday,” which served as the lead single for her second album, Just Sylvia.
“Nobody” went to radio next, and immediately became the biggest hit of her career, selling over a million copies and crossing over to the pop and AC chart.
So what made “Nobody” so special?
Just take a listen to BRELAND, who brilliantly sampled the track on his recent album cut, “County Line.” The core musical hook of “Nobody” is a total earworm. It’s remarkably difficult to keep it from repeating in your head after you hear it.
Lyrically, the song is pretty boiler plate. It’s a fantasy about how a woman would react to being lied to and cheated on. In real life, most women wouldn’t see infidelity as a reason to up their own game to get their man’s attention again. A kick in the groin would be far more believable.
But God bless her, Sylvia sells this one, making an implausible reaction to adultery seem completely believable. However much the song is dated by its point of view is balanced out by the timeless performance and that enduring hook.
Sylvia will top the chart again with her next Fleming-Morgan single. We’ll cover it when we get to early 1983.
“Nobody” gets an A.
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