Right Back Where We Started From

Album: Right Back Where We Started From (1975)
Charted: 8 2

Songfacts®:

  • This was Maxine Nightingale's breakout song and it hit in a huge way. It's about a woman in a relationship that's begun to fail and she wants them to bring back what brought them together in the first place. Though the song was a huge hit, Nightingale was never able to repeat its success, though "Lead Me On" did very well a few years later. After 1980, she shifted her career and now mostly sings jazz, though she occasionally performs her old hits to her fans. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Santa Barbara, CA
  • Maxine Nightingale is a UK singer who appeared in various stage musicals such as Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell before going solo.
  • This was written by the British songwriters Pierre Tubbs and J. Vincent Edwards.
  • In 1988, the singer Sinitta released a version on her 1988 album Wicked which went to #4 in the UK.
  • Nightingale did not want to record this in a "crush" rhythm (where bass, percussion and most accompaniment are all on the downbeat). In fact, she nearly refused to record the song but songwriter/producer J. Vincent Edward convinced her to record it as suggested. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Jim - Columbus, Indiana

Comments: 3

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn July 17th 1976, Maxine Nightingale performed "Right Back Where We Started From" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time of this appearance on 'Bandstand' her next charted record, "Gotta Be The One", was at position #78 on the Top 100, it would stay on the chart for 8 weeks, peaking at #53.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 7th, 1976, "Right Back Where We Started From" by Maxine Nightingale entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at #95; and on April 25th it peaked at #2 (for 2 weeks) and spent 20 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 8 of those 20 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    The first week it was at #2 on the Top 100 the #1 record was "Let Your Love Flow" by the Bellamy Brothers; and for its 2nd week the #1 record was "Welcome Back" by John Sebastian...
    Sinitta, born Sinitta Renay Malone, covered it in 1989; and her version reached #4 in the U.K. and peaked at #84 in her native U.S.A.
    Ms. Nightingale celebrated her 62nd birthday three months ago on November 2nd (2013).
  • Brian from Wilmington, DeThis song is used extensivley in the film Slap Shot with Paul Newman.
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