Late in 2016, I posted on Facebook about the contents of a mix tape I put together sometime in early 92. It’s the only sixty-minute tape of its kind in my collection. I’ll be re-upping modified versions of those sixteen posts over the coming weeks.
I heard this duet on WLAP-FM a number of times toward the end of my freshman year in college and immediately loved it (still do). While I did get the Orrall EP that featured it somewhere along the way, I was glad the song eventually showed up on one of Barry Scott’s Lost 45s CDs. It reached #32 in May 83.
Both Orrall and Carter had success in country music later on. He had a couple of modest hits in the 90s but mostly prospered as a songwriter. Carlene was married to Nick Lowe (she’s featured prominently in the “Cruel to Be Kind” video) for a number of years and tried her luck in the pop field prior to 83. Eventually she chose to embrace her legacy as June’s daughter. I picked up her country breakthrough I Fell in Love when it came out in 90, in part because I knew of her from today’s song; it’s a great disk. I got the chance to meet and chat briefly with her after a show in Lexington 3.5 years ago.