Diana Trask

Lean It All on Me

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Australian country music had a good year in America during 1974. Olivia Newton-John won the Country Music Association award for female vocalist of the year and Australia-born Diana Trask enjoyed her biggest stateside hit with "Lean It All on Me." Trask had been trying to break through to the American audience since the late '60s but never managed to crack the Top Ten, even with her biggest hit ("Lean It All on Me" peaked at number 13). The song -- a pop ballad with a big chorus -- is typical mid-'70s country fare, but Trask's accompanying album reveals her to be more "country" than her hit suggests. Her versions of "Behind Closed Doors" and "Satin Sheets" have a little more twang than the original hit versions by, respectively, Charlie Rich and Jeanne Pruett. "Behind Closed Doors" swells with steel guitar while Trask belts it out like a young Barbara Mandrell. Midway into "Satin Sheets," she changes the lyric to "cotton sheets" to better reflect the average person's bedding. Trask's style is quite similar in sound to Mandrell's Epic period, from Norro Wilson's production to Trask's bold vocal performances. The album spawned one other hit single, "(If You Wanna Hold On) Hold On to Your Man," the spoken intro of which raises the question: where did Trask get her Southern accent?

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