“Fallin’ in Love”
Written by Randy Goodrum and Brent Maher
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
May 3, 1985
After “Nobody” and its parent album both went gold, it’s understandable that Sylvia’s collaboration with producer Tom Collins would continue.
Their third album together, Snapshot, produced two more top five hits for the ACM Top Female Vocalist winner, though its sales fell short of its predecessor. When their fourth album, Surprise, resulted in two singles that peaked outside the top twenty, RCA paired Sylvia with the producer of their hottest new act for her fifth album.
Brent Maher’s work with the Judds helps put “Fallin’ in Love” in proper context. It’s maddening that the album isn’t available to stream because it’s so different from the rest of Sylvia’s RCA catalog. She shines as a singer while surrounded by a rootsy production, revealing how much her phrasing and emoting had improved since her earliest days as a recording artist.
“Fallin’ in Love” is light and fresh, and fits in just as well with the new traditionalists on the radio at the time as “Nobody” did among the Urban Cowboy set. Two more singles were released from One Step Closer, and they both went top ten.
Sadly, this marked the end of Sylvia’s hit run. A sixth album was shelved by RCA after its lead single, “Nothin’ Ventured, Nothin’ Gained,” stalled outside the top thirty. A final attempt at getting Sylvia back on track came with her Greatest Hits album in 1987, which featured two new recordings. Its only single, “Straight From My Heart,” topped out at #66 on the Billboard chart. Sylvia exited the RCA roster shortly thereafter, and went into semi-retirement.
After a few years of work on TNN, Sylvia returned to the studio in the mid-nineties, releasing The Real Story in 1996. Ever since, she’s recorded occasionally and has made regular touring appearances. Her 2018 collection, Second Bloom, reimagined her hits in traditional country arrangements and showcased her enduring strength as an interpretive singer. You can hear the original version of “Fallin’ in Love” through the YouTube link below, and hear the reimagined version on our Spotify playlist.
“Fallin’ in Love” gets a B+.
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