“You’re Gettin’ to Me Again”
Written by Woody Bumar and Pat McManus
#1 (1 week)
September 15, 1984
Tompall and the Glaser Brothers had a pretty good run as a country band, but they never made it higher than No. 2 on either of the country charts. Jim Glaser went one better with his only big radio hit.
Good luck finding that hit today, mind you. The only version on Spotify is a pretty good live cover of it by Lorrie Morgan, though I was able to embed a YouTube clip of the original recording below.
“You’re Gettin’ to Me Again” has an opening line for the ages – “I wake up in the morning, but I don’t shine.” It doesn’t fully deliver on the promise of that opening, and Glaser isn’t a strong enough singer to overcome the “everything plus the kitchen sink” production approach used here. Seriously, by the time they started with the handclaps, my eyes rolled back in my head.
Glaser sounds like a seventies AM folkie here, but this would work really well as a straight ahead country song, as the Morgan live cover suggests. It’s a shame Alan Jackson didn’t cover this instead of “Who’s Cheatin’ Who,” because this was a uniquely eighties hit that he could’ve improved upon.
Glaser didn’t have another significant hit after this, though he did win the ACM Top New Male Vocalist Award on the strength of his biggest hit. After three albums in the eighties, he released his onl other solo album in 2004. Glaser passed away in 2019 at the age of 81.
“You’re Gettin’ to Me Again” gets a C.