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Shoulda Been a Hit: Jennifer Day’s “The Fun of Your Love” [Video]

You’ve heard the expression about “going down with the ship?”  Jennifer Day’s debut single, “The Fun of Your Love” is the prime example.  At the age of 20, Jennifer was signed to BNA Records and released her debut CD.  And the label managed to get her lead-off single on the soundtrack of a major motion picture that was expected to be a major hit.  Kevin Costner had already starred in a couple of blockbusters about baseball, Bull Durham and Field of Dreams.  And his film, For the Love of the Game, was expected to be a huge smash too.  Only it wasn’t.  It balked.  Bad.  And pretty much everything associated with the movie sat on the bench.

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For the Love of the Game, which told the story of a 40-year-old Detroit Tiger pitcher facing off against the New York Yankees, was a complete stiff.  The film just struck out looking.  There’s no other way to say it.  It only made $35 million dollars domestically at the box office and Costner was so bad he got nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actor of the Year.

And, unfortunately, for Jennifer Day, she paid the price too.  There’s no “I” in “team” and this entire team lost.  Day’s single “The Fun of Your Love” was an upbeat, catchy and infectious tune that was destined to be a hit if the movie was a hit.   Day, like Martina McBride, was a tiny girl with a BIG voice.  In fact, early in her career she stopped by the WBKR studios and showed off that voice to us.  We loved her and expected some really great things.  They just never came.

“The Fun of Your Love” just couldn’t muster any momentum.  It stalled out at #31 on the Billboard Country Chart.  The movie bombed at the plate and left the single stranded on base.  It’s a shame too . . . because this song is fun, energetic and well-sung.  It SHOULD have been a hit.

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