Biggest Part Of Me

Album: One Eighty (1980)
Charted: 3

Songfacts®:

  • Make a wish, baby...

    This soft rock hit is about a guy whose woman is the center of his life. He's sure their bliss will last forever, and ready to give her everything she desires. Like many songs of this ilk, the lyric didn't have a specific inspiration and was written for universal appeal.
  • Ambrosia lead singer David Pack wrote this song, which in the first verse rhymes "arisin'" "horizon" and "realizin'." He thought the lyric would come off as Hallmark-card cheesy, so he did what any of us would do in the situation: he called Michael McDonald. Pack said he could envision bands singing it at a Holiday Inn; McDonald assured him that was good thing.
  • The album title tells the story: Ambrosia decided to head towards mainstream pop music, creating some of the most memorable "yacht rock" songs ever made. David Pack, Joe Puerta, Burleigh Drummond and Christopher North had success prior to the release of One Eighty, but this was their breakout album that cemented them as '70s icons. In the late '70s and early '80s, there was a strong market for syrupy ballads. What better way is there then with a song where the singer is practically telling his love that he is incomplete without her and doing whatever he can to make her happy while losing his spine in the process? One Eighty produced another smash-hit, "You're the Only Woman," which surpasses the high-cheesiness standard that "Biggest Part of Me" set for the band. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Johnny - Brooklyn, NY
  • David Pack came up with the chords, melody, and some of the lyric in a 10-minute burst on July 4, 1979. He was waiting for his family to get ready for a trip when he realized he left the equipment on in his home studio. When he went to turn it off, inspiration struck. He sat down at the piano and came up with the skeleton of the song, which he recorded on a reel-to-reel tape deck. By the time he was done, the family was ready to go.
  • The drum pattern was something Ambrosia drummer Burleigh Drummond had been working on with his teacher, Freddie Gruber. "He had me doing these exercises that resulted in me playing that groove like 'Biggest Part Of Me' incessantly, Drummond said in The Yacht Rock Book. "I mean, I wouldn't stop. So at our rehearsals, we probably wrote six to eight songs that had that exact same groove. And 'Biggest Part Of Me' just happened to be the best one. So, we owe it all to my drum teacher."

Comments: 4

  • Anonymouswhat was the name of the movie that they sang the biggest part of me
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 27th 1980, Ambrosia performed "Biggest Part of Me" on the NBC-TV program 'The Midnight Special', plus the quartet was the show's hosts...
    Three months earlier on March 30th, 1980 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #60; and on June 1st, 1980 it peaked at #3 (for 3 weeks) and spent 19 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 8 of those 19 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    It also reached #3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    For the 3 weeks it was at #3, the #1 record was "Funky Town" by Lipps, Inc. and the #2 record was "Coming Up (Live)" by Paul McCartney & Wings...
    The group's record that preceded it on the Top 100, "How Much I Feel", also peaked at #3 (and also for 3 weeks) but stayed on the chart for 21 weeks.
  • Aimee from Plant City, FlI love Ambrosia and David Pack! This band was highly underrated and sounded amazing.
  • Ricky from Ohsweken, -the long version of this song is the BEST version!
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