Gene Cotton began recording music in 1966, but his best year for music was undoubtedly 1978. That was the year that he released the album Save the Dancer and released a series of singles.
Before My Heart Finds Out was the most successful single of his career. It was the first release from that album and got as high as #23 in in the early Spring.
Kim Carnes recorded her second album in 1971, from which the single You’re A Part Of Me was released. The record did not fare very well; it only reached #32 on the Adult Contemporary charts and did not make the pop charts at all. Save the Dancer contained a new version of You’re A Part Of Me as a duet that Gene recorded with Kim, and it barely got into the top forty. They recorded their parts of the song separately and did not actually sing together until a concert in 2013.
Kim went on to record a more successful duet with Kenny Rogers (Don’t Fall In Love With A Dreamer) and in 1981 she had one of the most successful singles of all time when she covered Jackie DeShannon’s Bette Davis Eyes.
Gene managed one more top forty single in 1978. Like A Sunday In Salem (The Amos and Andy Song) got to #40 for one week before dropping away. That was also his last visit to the top forty since the fourth single failed to even reach the top 100. He continued to produce albums through at least 1985 and still appears live when the mood suits him.