Too Tough

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Too Tough
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 2, 1983
Recorded1982
Genre
Label Arista
Producer
Angela Bofill chronology
Something About You
(1981)
Too Tough
(1983)
Teaser
(1983)
Singles from Too Tough
  1. "Too Tough / Rainbow Inside My Heart"
    Released: November 21, 1982
  2. "Tonight I Give In / Song for a Rainy Day"
    Released: April 14, 1983

Too Tough is the fourth studio album by the recording artist Angela Bofill, released in early 1983. This was her second release through Arista Records, with Narada Michael Walden again serving as joint music producer.

Angela Bofill American singer

Angela Tomasa Bofill is an American R&B singer-songwriter.

Arista Records, Inc. is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, the North American division of the Japanese conglomerate Sony. The label was previously handled by Bertelsmann Music Group. The label was founded in 1974 by Clive Davis, who formerly worked for Columbia Records. Until its demise in 2011, it was a major distributor and promoter of albums throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Along with Columbia, RCA, and Epic, Arista is one of Sony Music Entertainment's four flagship record labels.

Narada Michael Walden American musician

Narada Michael Walden is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He acquired the nickname Narada from Sri Chinmoy.

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Too Tough performed better on the charts than her previous album, Something About You . The title track, "Too Tough", laced with double entendre, became a sizable dancefloor hit, spending four weeks at number two on the Billboard Dance chart. [2] It also peaked at number five on the Billboard soul chart. [3] The remainder of the album has similar dance-pop songs and a few soulful ballads.

<i>Something About You</i> (Angela Bofill album) 1981 studio album by Angela Bofill

Something About You is the third studio album by the recording artist Angela Bofill, released in 1981. This was her first direct release through Arista Records, with Narada Michael Walden as producer and Clive Davis as executive.

Dance-pop is a popular music sub-genre that originated in the early 1980s. It is generally uptempo music intended for nightclubs with the intention of being danceable but also suitable for contemporary hit radio. Developing from a combination of dance and pop with influences of disco, post-disco and synth-pop, it is generally characterised by strong beats with easy, uncomplicated song structures which are generally more similar to pop music than the more free-form dance genre, with an emphasis on melody as well as catchy tunes. The genre, on the whole, tends to be producer-driven, despite some notable exceptions.

Track listing

  1. "Too Tough" (Jeffrey Cohen, Narada Michael Walden) 5:36
  2. "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" (feat. Boz Scaggs) (Nikolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) 3:04
  3. "Tonight I Give In" (Lana Bogan, Donnie Shelton) 3:21
  4. "You Could Come Take Me Home" (Cohen, Walden) 3:51
  5. "Love You Too Much" (Gerard McMahon) 3:56
  6. "Is This a Dream" (Angela Bofill, Danny Madden, Eva Lee, Steve Gaboury) 5:11
  7. "Song for a Rainy Day" (Bofill) 3:37
  8. "I Can See It In Your Eyes" (Bofill, Madden, Lee, Gaboury) 3:31
  9. "Accept Me (I'm Not a Girl Anymore)" (Bofill) 3:34
  10. "Rainbow Inside My Heart" (Bofill) 3:44

Personnel

Sheila E. American singer and percussionist

Sheila Cecelia Escovedo, better known under the stage name Sheila E., is an American percussionist, singer, author, and actress. She began her career in the mid-1970s as a percussionist and singer for The George Duke Band. After leaving the group in 1983, Sheila began a successful solo career, starting with her critically acclaimed debut album, which included the career-defining song, "The Glamorous Life". She became a mainstream solo star in 1985 following the success of the singles, "The Belle of St. Mark", "Sister Fate", and "A Love Bizarre" with the last becoming one of her signature songs. She is commonly referred to as The Queen of Percussion.

Ira "Buddy" Williams is an American jazz drummer. He has played with Grover Washington, Cedar Walton, David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Joe Sample, The Manhattan Transfer and others.

Steve Ferrone British musician

Stephen Ferrone is an English drummer known as a member of the rock band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers from 1994–2017, replacing original drummer Stan Lynch, and as part of the "classic lineup" of the Average White Band in the 1970s. Ferrone has recorded and performed with George Harrison, Duran Duran, Stevie Nicks, Laura Pausini, Christine McVie, Slash, Chaka Khan, Eric Clapton, Bee Gees, Scritti Politti, Aerosmith, Al Jarreau and Johnny Cash.

Charts

YearChart positions [4]
US US
R&B
1983406

Singles

YearSingleChart positions [5]
US US
R&B
US
Dance
1983"Too Tough"52
"Tonight I Give In"12

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  3. Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 69.
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