Chubby Tavares, “Gotta Get Back to You” (2018): One Track Mind

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If the name Chubby Tavares rings a bell, that’s because he is a member of the internationally acclaimed singing group Tavares. Composed of brothers, the East Coast-based family act brightened the airwaves in the ’70s with happening hits like “She’s Gone,” “It Only Takes a Minute,” “Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel,” “Whodunit” and “More Than a Woman” that register among some of the finest soul samplings of any era.

Tavares is still going strong after all these years, while Chubby holds down a second job as a solo artist. From his recently released third outing Amazing Ride, comes “Gotta Get Back to You” (Soulmusic Recordings/Platinum Garage Recordings), which was authored by noted songwriters and producers Joe Mandica and Preston Glass.

An elegant ballad set to a pure soul sound and finish, “Gotta Get Back to You” accents Chubby Tavares’ butter-melting vocals to poetic precision. Expressing the loneliness of being on the road and longing to be with his loved one, here’s a song many traveling musicians can relate to. A sweet but potent melody, capped by a burst of gorgeously goose-pimply harmonies also lights the song.

As a bonus, the video for “Gotta Get Back to You” includes interviews with Chubby Taveres and Preston Glass. A thumbs-up; great to slow dance to!


Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson was born the day Ben E. King hit No. 4 with "Stand By Me" -- which is actually one of her favorite songs, especially John Lennon's version. She's contributed to Lance Monthly and Amplifier, and served as Rock Beat International's associate editor. Paterson has also published Inside Out, and Twist & Shake. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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