1984 Sheena Easton – Strut (US:#7)

“Strut”is a song recorded by Sheena Eastonfor her album A Private Heaven (1984). It was released by EMI America in August 1984 as the album’s lead single and peaked that November at #7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 (its Cash Box peak was #4). “Strut” was composed by singer/songwriter Charlie Dore (who had had a moderate solo hit of her own in the U.S. with “Pilot of the Airwaves” several years prior) and her longtime songwriting partner, Julian Littman.

Easton had been sent the demo for the song by Christopher Neil who had been Easton’s first producer. Like its parent album overall, the “Strut” single and accompanying video signaled Easton’s shift towards a more sexually suggestive image.

The song appears to be about the singer being upset with a man for wanting her to be like a previous lover, and about the sexism of men in general for wanting or expecting women to behave in a certain fashion (“Strut, pout/Put it out/That’s what you want from women”).

“Strut” was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female at the 27th Grammy Awards.
In the UK – where “Strut” was released in November 1984 – the track became the first US Top 40 single by Easton to completely miss the Top 100 of the UK charts.
“Strut” was one of two songs performed by Easton at the opening ceremonies of Expo 86 in Vancouver 2 May 1986 (her second song was “For Your Eyes Only”).

Album

Video

Musicians

BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
DrumsCarlos Vega
KeyboardsGreg Mathieson
TromboneBill Reichenbach
TrumpetGary Grant
SaxGary Herbig
SaxLarry Williams
TrumpetJerry Hey
PercussionLenny Castro
Vocal Sheena Easton

*Go to the album for more information

Produced By

Greg Mathieson

Songwriters

Charlie Dore
Julian Littman

Charts

US:#7
UK:# –