The Next Time I Fall
by Peter Cetera (featuring Amy Grant)

Album: Solitude/Solitaire (1986)
Charted: 1
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Songfacts®:

  • This is a duet with Amy Grant. Peter Cetera had already had one American chart topper in 1986 with "Glory Of Love." However Amy Grant was relatively unknown at the time outside of the Christian music scene where she was known as the "Queen of Christian Pop." When Cetera's friend, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Bobby Caldwell offered him this song, Peter decided to record it as a duet. He decided that he wanted to help a young singer, somebody who hadn't been used before. Amy Grant was suggested and though he had initial reservations because of her Christian music background, he liked what she stood for and thought she had a great voice. Grant was grateful for the opportunity as it gave her an entry into the secular pop scene.
  • Bobby Caldwell is best known for his 1979 American #9 hit "What You Won't Do For Love," which has subsequently had over 70 cover recordings and samples. These include Go West's 1993 version, which peaked at #15 in the UK & #55 in the US and rapper Tupac Shakur who had a Top 30 hit in both the UK and US in 1998 with his version, "Do For Love." Bobby Caldwell is even better known in Japan where in 1992, he received the nation's equivalent of a Grammy as the "best international artist."
  • Caldwell wrote this together with his Songwriting partner Paul Gordon. They originally pitched the song to Chicago, unaware that Peter Cetera had left the group. Fortunately Cetera was recording a solo album and he was looking for songs to record.
  • Caldwell told American Songwriter magazine September/October 1988 that the twosome were having difficulties coming up with the next line to "I remember the line that you came up with that put me on the floor." He recalled: "We sat for three days and all of a sudden, sitting there one day, Paul looks up and says 'I will know better why the next time I try.' And that was it."
  • This was produced by Michael Omartian. Among the many other songs he's produced are "Undercover Angel" by Alan O'Day, "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" by Christopher Cross and "She Works Hard For The Money" by Donna Summer.
  • Gordon recalled to American Songwriter magazine that Caldwell's demo was different from Omartian's final version of the song and they hadn't intended the song to be a duet. However the duo were pleased with the finished version. He added: "Michael didn't copy Bobby's demo, even though Bobby's arrangement was excellent. A lot of people I know enjoy the demo as much as the record, if not more. And I'm taking nothing away from the demo 'cause it was great. Michael is a musician and that's what kind of producer he is. He didn't want to take Bobby's vision. He wanted his own vision."

Comments: 4

  • Golden_lasso from Plattsburgh,nyHey Esskayess! Your potshot about "sinning" is belittling.
  • Esskayess from Dallas, TxCetera's and Grant's vocal pairing was certainly one of the more interesting ones ever. How often do you hear the man singing in a higher octave than the woman? The video that VH1 ran repeatedly was beyond lame, but the sound is beautifully rendered. Of course, turn the clock forward a decade or so and one can place Vince Gill in the role of the unknown person that Grant is sinnng--I mean singing-- to.
  • Jimmy T from Nyc, OrDoes anybody know if Cetera is as arrogant as he appears? I've followed his career since '72, I love his songs and style, but I hear he's hard to work with.
  • Sara from Silver Spring, MdBobby Caldwell is not a one hit wonder. He is popular in Japan because he is hailed as one of the "AOR (Adult Oriented Rock"- the Japanese version of soft rock or westcoast rock greates)
    He is more of a Sinatra- Michael Bolton like singer. Anyway Peter Cetera and Amy Grant are two great artists.
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