“You and I”
Eddie Rabbitt with Crystal Gayle
Written by Frank J. Myers
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
November 19, 1982
#1 (1 week)
November 13, 1982
Eddie Rabbitt’s run as a multiformat star was waning when he paired up with Crystal Gayle on “You and I.” It became the final top ten pop hit for both artists.
There is no rhyme or reason to what constitutes an official duet, and what Gayle does here is essentially a beautiful harmony vocal, with a few lyric repetitions in the mix for good measure. She gets full billing on the record for it, which might demonstrate her star power more than anything else. Vince Gill will do the exact same thing on an upcoming Rosanne Cash chart topper, but as it’s well before his heyday, you won’t find his name on the 45.
Still, her presence elevates this yacht rock ballad. Its generic nature is masked by the warmth that Gayle brings to her line readings and her harmonies. They sound great together.
This was a bigger pop hit than its #7 peak suggests. It spent 29 weeks on the Hot 100 and came in at #12 on the year end chart, much higher than any other record that also charted country. The Urban Cowboy era was starting to fade, and it would take an even bigger superstar pairing to score one last big country crossover hit in 1983.
“You and I” gets a B.
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