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Vintage Video #1's; Swing Out Sister Turns "Soulful Strut" Into "Am I the Same Girl" (1992)

by VVN Music

On October 24, 1992, 25 years ago today, Swing Out Sister went to the top of the Adult Contemporary chart with "Am I the Same Girl".

The song was written by Eugene Record and Sonny Sanders and recorded by Record's wife, Barbara Acklin but, before it was released, producer Carl Davis removed Acklin's vocal track and replaced it with a piano.  Renaming the resulting track "Soulful Strut", the instrumental hit went to number 3 on both the Pop and R&B charts and 2 on Adult Contemporary in late-1968 and early-1969.

Jump ahead a little over two decades. The group Swing Out Sister were already well established with such songs as "Breakout" (1986 / #6 Pop / #1 AC / #4 UK), "Surrender" (1987 / #37 AC / #7 UK) and "Twilight World" (1987 / #31 Pop / #7 AC / #32 UK) and they were working on their third album, Get In Touch With Yourself.

The resulting album covered a number of different musical genres, including soul with the resurrection of the Acklin version of "Am I the Same Girl". The song was the first single from the album and, although not a major pop hit, peaking at 45 on the Hot 100, it went straight to the top of the Adult Contemporary chart and 8 in Dance.

The recording was also adapted by Martha Stewart as the theme song for her show Martha.

Here is Swing Out Sister's appearance on Regis & Kathie Lee in 1992:

The top five Adult Contemporary Singles on October 24, 1992:
  1. Am I the Same Girl - Swing Out Sister
  2. Nothing Broken But My Heart - Celine Dion
  3. Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough - Patty Smyth with Don Henley
  4. I Will Be Here For You - Michael W. Smith
  5. Do I Have to Say the Words? - Bryan Adams