“We’ve Got Tonight”
Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton
Written by Bob Seger
#1 (1 week)
April 9, 1983
At this point of the series, whenever I unexpectedly love something I was prepared to not like at all, I go right to the producer credit.
Blame it on “Don’t Fall in Love With a Dreamer,” but I was expecting “We’ve Got Tonight” to be a stodgy mess. You know, that warmed over AC country from this era that has aged so poorly.
I wasn’t prepared for how fantastic this record was. I don’t think Kenny Rogers or Sheena Easton ever sounded better, and there is nothing on the track that gets in the way of their powerhouse vocals.
So who produced it? Kenny Rogers did…with David Foster.
Foster gets a bum rap sometimes because of the type of music he’s associated with – again, big AC ballads. But he’s the best producer of vocals that I’ve ever heard. Name an artist who worked with him, and you can practically guarantee they never pulled off a more stunning vocal performance on their records with anyone else. The studio that captured his production of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” still hasn’t returned to earth.
“We’ve Got Tonight” was already a stunning song as a Bob Seger solo joint. Rogers more than lives up to Seger here, and the contrast between his gritty vocal and Easton’s pure, high, feminine one makes it work even better as a duet. They sound like two very different people who are lonely and turning to each other for one night.
The one thing I was certain of was that there was no way this could be better than that other crossover smash duet that Rogers enjoys later in the year.
Now, I’m not so sure.
“We’ve Got Tonight” gets an A.
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