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Writing this one up, I was surprised T!T!T! never got a pop #1. But 2 singles off Sons of Soul were top 10s, but none of them were R&B #1s.
Yep! Saw him twice on his last tour - stopped in Boston near the beginning of the tour and again at the end of the US leg. Great show
I'll betcha the 5th comment was about the original Tower Records on Broadway. After Tower went out of business it became another record store for a while until it was torn down last year. Tower also ran the business next door - Tower Books, Posters, and Plants at 1610 Broadway, Sac. In a more personal note, also related, somewhere around 2010, so 4 years after Tower closed down, the store Records moved in and stayed there until around 18/19. Records was a big used record shop that had moved from it's original location on K Street downtown Sac. That original location is the cover of DJ Shadow's album Entroducing... and the location of the video for "Midnight in a perfect world" https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c1/Endtroducingcover.jpg https://youtu.be/InFbBlpDTfQ Starting about 1:00, he spends 30 seconds walking down K street and most the rest of the video inside the original Records location. By 07 when I used to shop there, it was the kind of place with missing ACT tiles and a funky smell. The basement was insane (it also shows un in the video)
Reid is an interesting guy on twitter. And really likes Staten Island sunrises :D https://twitter.com/vurnt22/status/1389211589266575362
George did hit #1 R&B with One More Try, but not until the week of June 18th. For his three weeks at Pop #1, there were two R&B #1s. For the first two weeks, Bahamian Johnny Kemp got to #1 R&B (and #1 Dance, #10 Hot 100) with “Just Got Paid”. This New Jack Swing single was originally written by Keith Sweat as an instrumental, but he didn’t include it on his 87 #1 album. Kemp wrote some vocals as a demo for another singer, but instead it went to #1 after Teddy Riley got hold of it as producer and it was nominated for Best R&B song Grammy. https://youtu.be/jl1mQASHc48 Kemp didn’t have a lot of success as an artist beyond this song, this was the lead single off his second album. However, he did have a good career as a songwriter, working with Keith Sweat, Teddy Riley, Luther Vandross and Chic. The debut single from Tony! Toni! Toné! hit #1 R&B (#47 pop) with more New Jack Swing, “Little Walter”. It was this song that got Tony! Toni! Toné! a contract - it was their demo. https://youtu.be/F4VdiKrhG2E If Dailymotion videos work, here’s the actual video in which Sinbad plays Little Walter https://dai.ly/x23y24e Tony! Toni! Toné! will be back a few times before their breakup in 1996.
For the second week of Gloria, Pebbles is back with her second #1 of 1988 and her biggest hit “Mercedes Boy”. Mercedes Boy eventually hit #2 Pop in July, #1 Dance Single Sales in June, and #2 Dance Club Songs in June, but for a single week in June she topped the R&B charts. Mercedes Boy was her ticket to success. She got her second husband to bankroll a video and demo tape of Mercedes Boy which landed her a contract with MCA. MCA carried her for her first three albums, right up until she bankrupted TLC. https://youtu.be/lQS0t5Hdc6M This is not the last we’ll hear about Pebbles
He also topped the R&B charts quick too. He was #1 about 1 month earlier when the Man In The Mirror was pop #1. It did take 17 weeks for it to hit #1 though! https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1988-05-06-8803140785-story.html
To us Northerners, that's a Canadian Tuxedo :D
Whitney hit R&B #2 with this single behind the song that was R&B #1 her second week at pop #1. But before that, Glen Close’s callout was R&B #1. For the week of April 23, go-go band Experience Unlimited, also known as E.U., had their sole #1 with “Da Butt”. EU started in DC in 74, as all good go-go acts did, and laboured in national obscurity. Go-Go, now the official music of DC - in February 2020, the DC City Council unanimously approved making that official - is a funk sub-genre that never got much notice outside of DC. But to get to what happened in April 1988, someone else has to be introduced. Sheldon Jackson Lee was born in Atlanta in 1957 and went to Morehead College and NYU for his MFA. Spike Lee’s first movie, She’s Gotta Have It, came out in 86 on Island Record’s short lived (84-98) movie imprint, and grossed over $7M on a $175,000 budget. His second movie, School Daze, came out February 12, 1988 as a Columbia Picture. Notably, School Daze is based in part on Spike’s time at Morehead, and it was his film before Do The Right Thing. It stars 25 year old Larry Fishburn, before he was Laurence, as a student at “Mission College” in Atlanta. “Da Butt” was the first track on the soundtrack and EU appears in the movie. https://youtu.be/WK3JC2feCjs For the week of April 30, and the following two weeks, Al B Sure! had the #1 R&B single with his debut single “Nite and Day”. Albert Brown III was born in Boston in 1968 but grew up in Westchester county, NY. He had a football scholarship to Iowa in 86, but chose to focus on music instead of college and in 87 Al won a Sony Talent show, hosted by Quincy Jones. Al worked with Quincy on future #1s, but not on his debut album, In Effect Mode. That album launched 5 singles, including Al’s cover of Killing Me Softly. In Effect Mode spend 7 weeks on top of the R&B album chart. This single does not, but the album is yet another #1 credit for Teddy Riley. https://youtu.be/Fckqglxb49s Al was still #1 for Monday’s pop #1, which was R&B #1 back on April 2nd when MJ was the king of pop. Al will be back. Teddy Riley will be back. Quincy Jones will be back.
Billy Ocean had the #1 R&B concurrent with his #1 pop for the second week. For the week of April 9th, Teena Marie scored her only #1 single “Ooo La La La”. It only got to #85 pop. https://youtu.be/wd5i1KG7drI Teena Marie (Mary Brockert) released a lot of albums between 1978 and 2009, two of them gold, 6 were top 10 R&B albums, and 6 other singles were top 10s between 1980’s I Need Your Lovin and 1990’s If I Were a Bell. This is a fairly forgettable song, but once you get to the chorus you’ll realize it had a second life in 1995. The chorus of Ooo La La La is lifted into the lead single off The Fugees’ second album The Score. Teena Marie got a writing credit on the track. Fu-Gee-La only hit #29 pop, #13 R&B but hit #1 Dance. Because of the 90s, Tom might not be writing about The Fugees! The had a #1 album, the second single off the second album hit #1 everywhere in the world, was #1 on Billboard’s “Mainstream Top 40”, but didn’t chart on the Hot 100 at all! https://youtu.be/MPlb9HoOCxs Teena Marie was loved in the R&B songwriting community. She was godmother to Marvin Gaye’s daughter Nona and godmother of Maya Rudolph. She gave Lenny Kravitz a place to live when he was struggling early in his career. In 2004, she was staying in a hotel room when a framed picture fell off the wall and gave her a serious concussion. Over the next 6 years she struggled with seizures due to that accident. She died in 2010 at 54, thought to be related to those seizures.
For MJ’s #1, he was also #1 for a week on the R&B charts and for the second week a future Hot 100 #1 was R&B #1. But I’m going to skip ahead to March 17, 1991 https://youtu.be/PBsjggc5jHM Starting March 17, 91, Digital Underground and Greg James “Shock G” had the #1 rap single for 5 weeks. It also hit #11 on the pop chart and #7 R&B
Andrew Dice Clay as a movie star? It was a weird time to be alive :D
Astley didn’t chart on the R&B charts at all. If Billboard’s site is to be believed, he has never had a single or album to chart on any R&B charts. For March 12 and 19, Time-less Morris Day had his biggest hit with “Fishnet”. The Time originally broke up in 1985 after Morris and Prince had a falling out after Purple Rain. The Time reunited in 1990, but that’s the virtual future. In 87/88 however, Morris Day was solo and released his second solo record: “Daydreaming”. Morris might officially be solo at this time, but Daydreaming was partially produced by former Flight Tyme members Jam and Lewis. The tracks Jam and Lewis produced, including “Fishnet”, were mini-Time reunions. Morris Day on vocals and drums, Jimmy Jam on keyboards, Lewis on bass, Jellybean Johnson backing vocals, Jessie Johnson on lead guitar, and Jerome on backing vocals. All former Time/Flight Tyme members. Fishnet was Day’s sole #1. https://youtu.be/_01CIbtJJTU 1988 was pretty good for Morris. He also showed up in the Richard Pryor movie “Moving” - I’ve never seen it. In 89 he showed up in an episode of 227. In 90 he starred in the short lived show “New Attitude”, another thing I’ve never seen, and The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.
Pebbles was still R&B #1 for George Michael’s first week at #1, but then a real Father Figure hit R&B #1. For the week ending March 5, Stevie Wonder had his 20th and final R&B #1 with “You Will Know”. It had almost no pop crossover appeal, topping out at #77 on the pop charts, but it hit #16 on the AC charts. https://youtu.be/2N2CWU77fmY This was the second single off his album Characters. It was a #1 R&B album and hit #17 on the Hot 200. While he didn’t have another #1 single, he wrote and performed almost all the songs for the 91 Spike Lee joint Jungle Fever. That soundtrack was also a #1 R&B album. His last two albums, so far, have been 95’s Conversation Peace and 2005’s A Time to Love. Neither hit #1 but both were #2 R&B albums. A Time To Love made it all the way to #5 on the Hot 200. He might even put out another album! He released 3 singles in 2020.
4 4 8 I can imagine some Doobie in my funk
Yep. For knowing a lot of 88 songs (like Monday's), I can't remember anything about this one or the last Tiffany song.
Expose only got up to #27 on the R&B chart with this song, and not for a couple weeks behind the next R&B #1. Instead for February 20 and 27, so for this single and half of the next #1, Perri “Pebbles” McKissack got her first R&B #1 with her second single “Girlfriend”. Girlfriend was originally written by Kenneth Edmonds and Antonio “L.A.” Reid for former Miss America and future #1 artist Venessa Williams. Supposedly Pebbles heard the song and offered Reid cash and two cars for the chance to record it instead. Pebbles said because of that, Williams has never spoken to her again. https://youtu.be/Avtj8tdpr5Y Her story gets more interesting after this too! Her next single was even bigger, a pop #2 in addition to the R&B #1. She’ll have two more #1s after marrying L.A. Reid. But after the wedding and before those final #1s, Pebbles and L.A. formed a production company, Pebbitone, and managed a little Atlanta girl group - TLC. I have a feeling Tom will mention a bit about this then, but in 95 TLC filed bankruptcy while having Creep and Waterfalls topping the pop chart. In the filing, they stated their contract made them poorer and poorer as the success happened. Pebbles and LA reaped all the rewards and charged TLC for more and more. This led to Pebbles and LA’s divorce in 96. In 97 Pebbles had a religious epiphany, changing her stage name to Sister Perri, becoming an ordained minister, and founding Women of God Changing Lives ministries! She released her 4th album in 2008 and it hit #12 on the Gospel Album chart. Outside of the New Jack Swing ruling the top of the charts, notably on the pop chart, peaking way down at #19, and #28 on the R&B chart, is Salt-N-Pepa. Originally the B side to their 3rd single, Push-It was their 4th single and first cross over hit. Their first 3 singles charted dencetly on the R&B chart - 1985’s The Show Stoppa hit #46, 87’s My Mic Sounds Nice hit #41, 87’s Tramp hit #21 - but none crossed over. https://youtu.be/vCadcBR95oU I am 100% sure I have heard Push It more than anything that hit #1 between mid 87 and mid 88. The Dutch loved Push It! It hit #1 in The Netherlands and in the Flanders Belgium Ultratop 50 (Flanders being the Dutch speaking part of Belgium), and it was the #5 single for all of 88 in The Netherlands. Their first album, 1986’s Hot, Cool & Vicious, was originally released without Push It, but from the 87 pressings on, it was the lead track. On January 8, 88, Hot, Cool & Vicious was certified Gold. On March 23, 88, it was certified Platinum. Both were firsts for a female rap group!
Damn, your right! Only INXS song that did, spend 6 weeks between #100 and #73. I really hate Billboard's site for anything but the Hot 100.
I prefer the INXS song, but it didn’t chart on the R&B chart for obvious reasons. Instead Keith Sweat gets his first big hit. I do prefer this single to the next Pop #1 though :D Keith Sweat toiled as a journeyman for about a decade, from his mid teens, until landing a contract with Elektra. He released a couple singles with Stadium in the early 80s, but with Elektra he had a breakthrough. His first album, he never released one before Elektra, came out in November 1987, “Make It Last Forever” went triple Platinum was a #1 R&B album and #15 on the Hot 200. It was even the #1 R&B album for all of 1988, and the 22nd best selling album overall. “I Want Her” was the lead single off Make It Last Forever back in September 1987 and took a long time to climb. The second single even came out earlier in January (“Something Ain’t Just Right” didn’t do nearly as good, it only got to #3 R&B), but “I Want Her” was a huge hit. It stayed at #1 for 3 weeks and was the #1 R&B single for all of 88 - it’s all downhill from here! It’s a New Jack Swing jam, the first that isn’t a Jam and Lewis production! Sweat wrote and produced the album with Teddy Riley. https://youtu.be/9XqKRipnNSk Keith Sweat will be back on top more than a couple times, he’s had six #1 R&B albums so far, the most recent was 2008’s Just Me. His 2016 album got all the way to #4, so don’t rule out more #1 from Mr. Sweat. As an aside, Keith Sweat isn’t a stage name! Teddy Riley also will be back to #1 as a producer and artist. Teddy’s nickname is “Street”. Along with Chauncy “Black” Hannibal, he formed Blackstreet. Teddy is a prolific producer. If I didn’t mention anything else, I’d have to point out the Teddy wrote on and produced Wreckx-N-Effect three albums including Rump Shaker https://youtu.be/AKReL_TbUtc Teddy wrote and produced some of Mel B’s debut album, along with Jam & Lewis. He wrote and produced a number of songs for Michael Jackson, notably on the posthumous album. He wrote and produced a few songs for Bobby Brown. In the last decade, he’s been doing work with Korean groups, he wrote the English parts and produced the Billboard #1 K-Pop (and #1 in South Korea) song “The Boys” by Girls Generation. And because we aren’t getting close to K-Pop for a long time, here’s the video. It only has 258 million views on youtube... https://youtu.be/6pA_Tou-DPI Teddy Riley will also be back.
Center Stage is 21 years old!????!! The song itself does nothing for me either, but it encapsulates the entirety of the late 80s. The actual song starts, and it sounds like 1988 personified.
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