Don’t Answer Me – The Alan Parsons Project

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………on March 25 of of 1984 the single “Don’t Answer Me” is released from the album “Ammonia Avenue”. It reached number 15 on the Billboard charts in the United States, though it became the last Billboard Top 20 hit for the group. It also reached number 58 in the United Kingdom, the group’s highest chart placing in their native country. The Alan Parsons Project were a British progressive rock band, active between 1975 and 1990 consisting of Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson surrounded by a varying number of session musicians and some relatively consistent band members such as guitarist Ian Bairnson, bassist and vocalist David Paton, drummer Stuart Elliott, and vocalist Lenny Zakatek. Behind the revolving line-up and the regular sidemen, the true core of the Project was the duo of Parsons and Woolfson. Parsons was an audio engineer by profession, but also a musician and a composer. A songwriter by profession, Woolfson was also a composer, a pianist, and a singer. Almost all songs on the band’s albums are credited to “Parsons/Woolfson”.There are a lot of lonely people out there, and the narrator of this song is reaching out to one of them. Written by Parsons and his collaborator Eric Woolfson, the song was produced in a Phil Spector style as a parody of his “Wall of Sound” technique, complete with an assortment of instruments and plenty of echo. My modeling a hit sound, the group created a hit of their own. The song was the lead single from the Ammonia Avenue album . Eric Woolfson sang lead on this track. The Project used an assortment of vocalists, as Parsons liked to vary the lead singers so the listener wouldn’t get sick of the same singer. 

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