Sunday, July 8, 2012

Jermaine Jackson's "Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming (Too Good To Be True)" Featuring Michael Jackson

"Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming (Too Good To Be True)" is a stellar cut by Jermaine Jackson that features his superstar baby bro Michael. The song's hypnotic groove has a mysterious, dreamy vibe that fits the lyrical content extremely well, and it provides a great showcase for Jermaine and MJ's excellent vocal exchanges. Their voices complement one another nicely, evoking memories of the amazing chemistry that the two shared on early Jackson 5 hits.  I think the song is really underrated and is one of Jermaine's best tracks as a solo artist.

The song is from Jermaine's 1984 album Dynamite. It was never officially released as a single due to legal difficulties between MJ's label, Epic, and Jermaine's label, Arista. Nevertheless, the song received tons of airplay. But at the time, Billboard was unable to show the song on any of its "single" charts. However, the track did register on Radio and Records Top 40 chart, a chart based solely on airplay, peaking at # 6 in June 1984.

And the track performed the strongest on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart, where it spent three weeks at #1 in June of '84. Additionally, the song was nominated for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group at the 1985 Grammy Awards.

"Tell Me I'm Dreaming (Too Good To Be True)" was written by Michael Omartian, Bruce Sudano and Jay Grusca. Omartian also produced and arranged the track as well as played keyboards and percussion on it. The track also features Ray Parker, Jr. on guitar, Nathan East on bass, and John Robinson on drums. Jermaine plays percussion on the track, and until recently, I thought he was playing the bass part as well. It was kind of disappointing to learn that he wasn't, but he makes up for it big-time with a dope vocal performance.

The song was featured on the set list of the Jacksons' Victory Tour in 1984, and Jermaine held down the bass line himself during those performances.

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Related blog entry: Jermaine Jackson Gets Funky On The Arsenio Hall Show

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