Hey Ricky

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Hey Ricky
Studio album by Melissa Manchester
Released April 1982
Genre Pop, Pop/Rock, Synth Pop
Label Arista
Producer Arif Mardin
Melissa Manchester chronology
For The Working Girl (1980) Hey Ricky
(1982)
Greatest Hits (1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Hey Ricky is the title of the tenth album release by Melissa Manchester issued on Arista Records in April 1982.

During the interim between the release of Hey Ricky and that of the precedent For the Working Girl in September 1980 Manchester had attempted to extricate herself from her recording contract, filing suit in May 1981 for contractual release from Arista.[2] However it was announced that October that the singer and label had reached terms and the track "Race to the End" - a vocal version of the Chariots of Fire theme - was recorded for single release. The producer was Arif Mardin who had previously collaborated with Manchester in 1979 on "Theme from Ice Castles".

Mardin proceeded to collaborate with Manchester on the tracks which would comprise the album Hey Ricky released in April 1982. The lead single "You Should Hear How She Talks About You" radically reinvented Manchester as a synthpop dance artist and was heavily promoted by the singer who displayed a new image complementing the track; "You Should Hear How She Talks About You" accrued gradual interest entering the Top 40 of the "Billboard" Hot 100 in July 1982 proceeding to the Top Ten that August with a career best peak for Manchester at #5. The single's popularity was reflected in that of its parent album which Billboard ranked with a #19 peak.

The other cuts on Hey Ricky included the 1981 "Race to the End" single, a duet with David Gates: "Wish We Were Heroes"; a new version of "Come in From the Rain" introduced by Manchester on her 1976 Better Days and Happy Endings album; and "Your Place or Mine" from the soundtrack of the feature film A Little Sex. The album's title cut - written with Bernie Taupin - was issued as the followup to "You Should Hear How She Talks About You" but failed to chart. After a 1983 Greatest Hits album release Manchester would release only one more album on Arista, then part company with the label, retaining the dance artist focus of her "You Should Hear How She Talks About You" hit for her one album with MCA, after which she seemingly retired as a career recording artist, with four subsequent album releases between 1989 and 2004.

Track listing[edit]

  1. You Should Hear How She Talks About You - 4:18 (Dean Pitchford, Tom Snow)
  2. Slowly - 3:31 (Ken Bell, Terry Skinner, Gerry L. Wallace)
  3. Hey Ricky (You're A Low Down Heel) - 4:15 (Melissa Manchester, Bernie Taupin)
  4. I'll Always Love You - 3:32 (Snow, Eric Kaz)
  5. Race To The End - 3:52 (Vangelis, Jon Anderson)
  6. Wish We Were Heroes (feat. David Gates) - 4:12 (Austin Gravelding)
  7. Come In From The Rain - 4:20 (Manchester, Carole Bayer-Sager)
  8. Looking For The Perfect Ahh - 3:15 (Manchester, Bayer-Sager, Robbie Buchanan)
  9. Your Place Or Mine - 3:50 (Manchester, Allee Willis, David Paul Bryant)
  10. Someone to Watch Over Me - 3:52 (George & Ira Gershwin)
  11. Long Goodbyes - 4:15 (Melissa Manchester)- bonus track on Japan re-issue


There was only 1 MCA release, in 1985, called "Mathematics". After "Greatest Hits" on Arista in 1983, "Emergency" was released with two singles - "No One Can Love You More Than Me", which charted the Hot 100 #78 and AC charts #34, and "I Don't Care What The People Say". "City Nights" was also released as a 12" dance track and received a lot of airplay in clubs. She also performed it on "Fame."

Personnel[edit]

  • Melissa Manchester: Vocals, Keyboards, Piano
  • Robbie Buchanan, Bob Christianson, Stuart Elster, Arif Mardin: Keyboards, Synthesizers
  • Larry Williams: Synthesizer, Alto Saxophone
  • David Gates: Guitars, Vocal
  • Jim Henken, Michael Landau, Steve Lukather, Hugh McCracken, Dean Parks, David Spinozza: Guitars
  • Dennis Belfield, Nathan East, Cliff Hugo, Abe Laboriel Sr., Will Lee: Bass
  • Ed Green, Sinclair Lott, Jeff Porcaro: Drums
  • Sammy Figueroa: Percussion
  • Don Brooks: Harmonica
  • David Manchester: Bassoon
  • Millie Whiteside, Tom Snow, Ula Hedwig, Lani Groves, Robin Beck: Vocal Backing
  • Strings Arranged & Conducted By Steve Cagan & Cengiz Yaltkaya

References[edit]

  1. ^ allmusic review
  2. ^ Star News 5 August 1981 p. 11