“As Long as I’m Rockin’ With You”
Written by Bruce Channel and Kieran Kane
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
May 4, 1984
#1 (1 week)
May 26, 1984
“As Long as I’m Rockin’ With You” connects three decades of popular music together.
John Conlee broke through in the late seventies, and the song is written by sixties pop star Bruce Channel and rising eighties star Kieran Kane.
No wonder that this record has a feeling of timelessness, which is helpfully abled by an organic production. That’s been a rarity among Conlee’s best records, which are usually immediately identifiable as being from the late seventies and early eighties.
I think the record would work better with a slightly quicker beat, but that’s the only thing holding it back. Conlee gives a mature performance, singing in a lower register than he used on his earlier hits. It helps create the feeling that he’s stating his ongoing commitment to a long term partner.
Conlee had a handful of additional hits on MCA, ending with the top five “Old School” from his second greatest hits collection. We’ll see him again on a new label in 1986 when he earns his final No. 1 single to date.
“As Long as I’m Rockin’ With You” gets a B+.
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