My Kind of Lady

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"My Kind of Lady"
Supertramp My Kind of Lady single cover.jpg
Single by Supertramp
from the album …Famous Last Words…
B-side "Know Who You Are"
Released February 1983 (1983-02)
Format 7" vinyl
Length 4:24 (single), 5:17 (album version)
Label A&M
Songwriter(s) Rick Davies, Roger Hodgson
Producer(s) Supertramp, Peter Henderson
Supertramp singles chronology
"It's Raining Again"
(1982)
"My Kind of Lady"
(1983)
"Cannonball"
(1985)

"My Kind of Lady" was the second single from Supertramp's 1982 album …Famous Last Words…. The song is a mid-tempo love ballad; it peaked at #16 for USA Billboard Adult Contemporary and #31 for USA Billboard pop singles.[1] The lead and backing vocals were all sung by Davies, who harmonizes with himself by switching between his natural voice and a falsetto vocal. The echo-treated and natural sounding voice was sung in Davies' baritone. The falsetto passages were double tracked and mixed with a phaser. Despite being released as a single, the track was not performed live.

The song's writing credits are given to Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson, members of the band, although as indicated on the album sleeve, it is a Davies composition. Like John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Davies and Hodgson joined writer's credits from 1974 until 1983, when Hodgson left Supertramp to pursue a solo career.[2]

Track listings[edit]

7" vinyl single[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "My Kind of Lady" 4:12
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Know Who You Are" 4:58

Music video[edit]

For the video for "My Kind of Lady" (directed by Kenny Ortega), the band depicted themselves as a 1950s doo-wop group and 50s rock band. To do so, the band members shaved off their trademark beards and moustaches and cut their hair short. However, Rick Davies and John Helliwell would permanently grow their facial hair back shortly after the video was shot. Roger Hodgson and Bob Siebenberg have been seen since with or without facial hair (Roger would permanently go clean shaven in early 2000s). Only Dougie Thomson has remained clean shaven ever since the video shoot. Because he showed up late for the shoot, Hodgson is not in the doo-wop sequences.

The video had two different endings. One was a black and white ending with the band playing and the other was in colour with a different angle of the band playing at the end.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
German Singles Chart[3] 74
US Billboard Pop Singles[1] 31
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[1] 16

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "allmusic - Supertramp - Billboard singles". Retrieved 24 February 2009 (2009-02-24).  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Roger Hodgson website biography". Retrieved 24 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "charts-surfer.de search results". Retrieved 24 February 2009. 

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