Steve Forbert : Romeo's Tune
In the first week of December, 1979 Steve Forbert's "Romeo's Tune" entered the U.S. charts at #84. The singer-songwriter from Meridian, Mississippi was immediately hailed as a "New Dylan" to which he responded :
"You can’t pay any attention to that. It was just a cliché back then, and it’s nothing I take seriously. I’m off the hook — I don’t have to be smarter than everybody else and know all the answers like Bob Dylan. "
The song, dedicated to the memory of Florence Ballard of The Supremes , peaked at U.S.#11. He would share the stage with Talking Heads and John Cale and record 18 more albums. His shows are often spontaneous even if they always end with the hit.
"Romeo's Tune" was Forbert's only big hit though he did make an appearance in Cyndi Lauper's much-played music video "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", in which he played her boyfriend.
Forbert is still recording and has even written a memoir called Big City Cat : My Life in Folk-Rock. In 2017 Forbert received a cancer diagnosis. As a result, he had one kidney removed, received chemotherapy and today is cancer free.
About THAT song, Forbert tells The Aquarian: