She Did It

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"She Did It"
Single by Eric Carmen
from the album Boats Against the Current
B-side Someday
Released August, 1977
Format 45 RPM
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:48 (album version)
3:39 (single version)
Label Arista
Writer(s) Eric Carmen
Producer(s) Eric Carmen
Eric Carmen singles chronology
"Sunrise"
(1976)
"She Did It"
(1977)
"Boats Against the Current"
(1978)

"She Did It" is a hit single written and performed by Eric Carmen, released in August 1977. It was the first and greatest hit on Carmen's second solo LP, Boats Against the Current. It reached number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart,[1] number 15 on the Cashbox chart, and number 11 in Canada.

This ballad is an upbeat love song about finally finding the right person and experiencing love after being lonely for an extended period of time. It is a happy answer to Carmen's more melancholy hits the year before, "All By Myself" and "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again." It has been hailed as "the best Beach Boys song Brian Wilson never wrote."[2]

Back-up vocals for "She Did It" were provided by Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys, whose 1968 hit "Do It Again" is credited by Carmen with being the initial inspiration for the song because of the 'did-its'. "She Did It" also features Burton Cummings, formerly of The Guess Who, and a guitar solo by Andrew Gold ("Lonely Boy"),[3] featuring his distinctive harmonized lead guitar sound, and drumming by Toto's Jeff Porcaro.[4] Carmen has stated that "She Did It" was in turn a source of inspiration for another song, the 1982 hit "Did It in a Minute" by Hall & Oates, with whom he was touring at the time it became a hit.[5][6]

The 45 RPM cover sheath for "She Did It" was a black and white of the full-color photo taken for the album, with manuscript lettering instead of the cursive text which appeared on the cover of the LP. The B side was a song entitled "Someday." That song was omitted from the "Boats" LP, but was placed on Carmen's follow-up album, "Change of Heart."

Two other songs penned and recorded by Carmen, "That's Rock 'n' Roll" and "Hey Deanie", but made into hits by Shaun Cassidy, charted concurrently with "She Did It" in late 1977, reaching numbers three and seven, respectively.

Chicago radio superstation WLS, which gave the song much airplay, ranked "She Did It" as the 56th most popular hit of 1977.[7] It reached as high as #6 (for two weeks) on their surveys of November 19 and 26, 1977.[8]

On the Canadian singles chart, "She Did It" spent four consecutive weeks at number 11.[9] One of the songs blocking it from entering the Top 10 was Carmen's own composition, "That's Rock 'n' Roll," a number-one hit in Canada. "She Did It" ranks as the 104th biggest Canadian hit of 1977.[10]

Canadian radio station CKLG-AM 1070 ranked "She Did It" as the 27th biggest hit of the year in Vancouver, British Columbia. It peaked at #3 for two weeks on their surveys of October 19 and 26, 1977.[11]

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly singles charts[edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [12] 23
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 26
U.S. Cashbox Top 100 [13] 15
Canadian RPM Top Singles [14] 11
WLS survey (Chicago) [15] 6

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1977) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [16] 182
WLS survey (Chicago) [17] 56
Canadian RPM singles [18] 104

Chart run[edit]

Billboard Hot 100[19] (16 weeks, entered August 27): 84, 73, 54, 44, 39, 36, 33, 29, 25, 24, 23, 29, 45, 56, 63, 99. Peaked at #23 in the week ending November 5, 1977.

Cashbox[20] (14 weeks, entered August 27): 74, 57, 43, 33, 28, 23, 19, 16, 15, 15, 21, 33, 49, 68. Peaked at #15 during the weeks ending October 22 and 29, 1977.

WLS survey[15] (17 weeks, entered September 24): 44, 37, 24, 16, 14, 13, 9, 7, 6, 6, 8, 12, 17, 23, 29, 36, 45. Peaked at #6 during the weeks ending November 19 and 26, 1977.

Michael Damian version[edit]

"She Did It"
Single by Michael Damian
from the album non-album single
B-side I Love How You Love Me
Released May, 1981
Format 45 RPM
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:25
Label LEG Records, LLC
Writer(s) Eric Carmen
Producer(s) Pete Moore & Drake Miller
Michael Damian singles chronology
"She Did It"
(1981)
"Rock On"
(1989)

Almost four years after Carmen's release of "She Did It," the song was covered by Michael Damian. This version was his first single release. It was a non-album single from 1981, and reached number 69 on Billboard and number 95 on Cash Box. It was released almost eight years before his subsequent hit, a cover of "Rock On," which reached number one in 1989.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [19] 69
U.S. Cashbox Top 100[21] 95

Chart run[edit]

Billboard Hot 100[19] (6 weeks, entered May 30): 91, 81, 75, 71, 69, 82. Reached at #69 in the week ending June 27, 1981.

Cashbox[22] (4 weeks, entered June 13): 97, 95, 95, 99. Peaked at #95 during the weeks of June 20 and 27, 1981.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard chart activity source
  2. ^ http://f60s.com/cache/t/479641.aspx
  3. ^ Cashmere, Paul (June 5, 2011). "Andrew Gold Dies From Heart Attack - Undercover.fm News". Undercover.fm. 
  4. ^ http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=14405
  5. ^ http://www.hallandoates.de/Live_Concerts_70s.htm
  6. ^ http://ericcarmen.com/forums/index.php?/topic/6486-did-eric-inspire-hall-oates/
  7. ^ "The WLS Big 89 of 1977". Wlshistory.com. 
  8. ^ "wls112677". Oldiesloon.com. November 26, 1977. 
  9. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?file_num=nlc008388.5438a&brws_s=&type=1&interval=20&PHPSESSID=205nonpg3ptl365f6v06pd4t71
  10. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.5502b&type=1&interval=50&PHPSESSID=7ad728u0vvesblvo6s3humaq61
  11. ^ http://www3.telus.net/vanradiomuseum/CKLG1977_html.html
  12. ^ http://www.top40db.net/lyrics/?SongID=77163&By=Artist&Match=Eric+Carmen
  13. ^ http://cashboxmagazine.com/archives/70s_files/19771029.html
  14. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.5447a&type=1&interval=50&PHPSESSID=esejjuktcfbg4qtk413eaqjqu1
  15. ^ a b http://www.oldiesloon.com/il/wls112677.htm
  16. ^ http://www.chartjunkie.com/1977all.htm
  17. ^ http://www.oldiesloon.com/il/wls89of77.htm
  18. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?file_num=nlc008388.5502b&brws_s=&type=1&interval=50&PHPSESSID=q083u85gbve5mca7rst0usl5u4
  19. ^ a b c http://www.top40db.net
  20. ^ Hoffmann, Frank (1983). The Cash Box Singles Charts, 1950-1981. Metuchen, NJ & London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 92. 
  21. ^ http://cashboxmagazine.com/archives/80s_files/19810627.html
  22. ^ Hoffmann, Frank (1983). The Cash Box Singles Charts, 1950-1981. Metuchen, NJ & London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 

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