“What Ever Happened to Old Fashioned Love”
Written by Lewis Anderson
#1 (1 week)
May 14, 1983
B.J. Thomas switched to Columbia Rec.rds in the early eighties, and his faith in his new label was rewarded as he earned his first No. 1 country single in eight years.
Thomas is working with boilerplate material here, tapping into nostalgia for simple times but without the specificity of classics that explored that theme, like “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days)” and “Are the Good Times Really Over.”
Thankfully, his rich and expressive voice elevates the material, which he delivers with heartfelt sensitivity. The production works better on the verses. The old fashioned backup singers on the chorus are wholly unnecessary.
We’ll see B.J. Thomas again soon, as his renewed success on the country chart continues.
“Whatever Happened to Old Fashioned Love” gets a B.
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