19: We’re All Alone – Boz Scaggs

NeilTop 30 - Never Made It Songs

Year Released: 1977
Highest Chart Position: 49
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I must admit that I hadn’t heard of Boz Scaggs when, in 1976, the released his seventh album Silk Degrees.
But, boy, after that album arrived in Australia, we all sat up and took notice. It seems that everyone had a copy of the album – in fact, as people started giving their vinyl albums away with the advent of CDs in the mid-80’s, a collector friend of mine told me that this was the album that was always included in the stash.

Such was it’s popularity in Australia that Norman Gunston released a parody album in 1978 called Nylon Degrees!

The ten track album included What Can I Say, Georgia, Lowdown, It’s Over, Lido Shuffle and today’s “Never Made It”, We’re All Alone. Five genuinely great tracks on the one album was something of a novelty in the mid-70’s (discounting “The Best Of” type compilations).

We’re All Alone was released as the B-side of Lido Shuffle in the US and by itself here in Australia, reaching number 49 in 1977. Rita Coolidge had a minor hit with We’re All Alone too, with many other artists – including Englebert Humperdinck, Petula Clark and Kiri Te Kanawa – including it only albums.