Too Tough

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Too Tough
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 2, 1983
Label Arista
Angela Bofill chronology
Something About You
Too Tough
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

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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


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YearChart positions [4]


YearSingleChart positions [5]
1983"Too Tough"52
"Tonight I Give In"12

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