Presents an update on the performance of several music releases and songs on the music charts in the U.S. as of February 2005. Position of Toby Keith on the Hot 100 chart; Effect of the introduction of new chart rules on the ranks of several albums and songs; Rank of Nat King Cole on the Billboard 200 chart.
New York Times. 5/21/2009, Vol. 158 Issue 54682, p5. 0p.
When Freddie Jackson introduced a slow-jam rendition of ''When I Fall in Love'' on Tuesday evening at Feinstein's at Loews Regency, he dutifully ticked off a list of R&B balladeers in the love-god tradition that carried him to pop stardom in the mid-1980s. The roster, which included Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, Donny Hathaway, Peabo Bryson and James Ingram, ended with Nat King Cole, whose late-'50s recording of the song is probably the most famous and who exemplifies an older, more sedate pop-jazz crooning style. The name that drew the biggest applause was that of Mr. Vandross, who died nearly four years ago and is the closest stylistic forerunner of Mr. Jackson. Like Mr. Vandross, Mr. Jackson makes quasi-operatic, gospel-oriented vocal ornamentation the entree in his menu of techniques. Song lyrics become a platform for vocal pyrotechnics that demonstrate an intensity of expression that trumps mere words. And ''When I Fall in Love'' became a drawn-out vocal serenade in which the word ''never'' was one of several elevated to special prominence. [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]