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Just because, one of the greatest versions of Superstition https://youtu.be/_ul7X5js1vE
Soul II Soul was nominated for 4 BRIT awards in 90! Them and Lisa Stansfield both had the most nominations. They lost to Stansfield, Phil Collins, and FYC twice. Keep On Movin' is pretty good. Back to Life is a 10. I don't think Tom is going to write about Nellee Hooper when he produces a #1 Prince-written song next virtual year, but I hold him pretty high. He produced Bjork's Debut and some of Post. He did some OK soundtracks - Romeo + Juliet, some work on Batman & Robin (the best thing about that movie is the soundtrack). But his two most influential things: co-writing one of my favourite Madonna songs, and Massive Attack. Bedtime Story was Madonna's first US single since Burning Up to not get into the Top 40 - that's a run of 32 singles from Holiday to Take a Bow. But this single was written by Hooper and Bjork. I think much higher of Bjork than Madonna, but I'm not the general public :D . Unfinished Sympathy is the best single of the 90s, but Hooper produced and mixed Massive Attack's second album Protection, which might be a better album than Blue Lines. He won the 95 BRIT award Producer of the Year for Bedtime Story, Protection and Post. Lets see if this old Wild Bung photo link works https://media.redbullmusicacademy.com/assets/Untitled-1.322e5b37.jpg
9, 10, 9. Grading Little Stevie Wonder on a curve.
Friet sauce is really good! I might have brought home a bottle of it from Amsterdam last time I was there. It's a lot closer to tartar sauce, some varieties even have greens in it like tartar sauce, others are have fancy spices.
For Debbie's third week, Tom will be writing about it soon. However, during Debbie's second week, Billboard finally launched the Hot Rap Singles chart. Still for the next year, the R&B chart is still named Hot Black Singles. To get the rankings, between 1989 and 2001, the chart was solely based on reports of sales of a panel of selected record stores. The inaugural Hot Rap Single was "Self Destruction" by Stop The Violence Movement. https://youtu.be/Z9DZ41k_5w8 Stop The Violence Movement was a super group created by KRS-One that included the rest of Boogie Down Productions, Stetasonic, Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, Doug E Fresh, Just-Ice, Heavy D, and Chuck D and Flavor Flav. KRS-One formed the group after a fan was killed at a 1988 Boogie Down and Public Enemy show. They raised over $100,000 that was donated to the National Urban League. Stop The Violence was number one for 11 weeks! It was Billboard's number 1 Rap Single for 1989. I'll be back with the next number one in virtual May.
For Debbie’s time at #1, I’m going to start with the R&B chart then move on. For March 4th, Anita Baker had her second, consecutive, R&B #1 for a single week with “Just Because”. It was nominated for Best Soul/R&B Song at the 1990 American Music Awards. https://youtu.be/3y5UIw4C8AU For the second of Debbie’s weeks LeVert had their fourth R&B #1 with “Just Coolin’”, a collaboration with Heavy D, his only chart topping trip. https://youtu.be/pWpVvQKN8OQ Dwight Meyers was a Jamacian born New Yorker, growing up in Mount Vernon where he met the rest of The Boyz: Glen Parrish, Troy Dixon, Eddie Ferrell. They got a contract with Uptown Records and released their debut album in 87 and a follow up, Big Tyme, in 89. Big Tyme came out later this virtual year, but ended up as a R&B #1 album (#19 Hot 200). During the tour to promote Big Tyme, tragedy struck. In Indianapolis, on July 15, 1990, Tony Dixon, aka Trouble T Roy, after their show they were exiting and someone rolled a trash barrel down the ramp, he jumped out of the way and fell two stories. He died in the hospital. Heavy D and the Boyz released three more albums. They broke up in the early 90s, the Heavy D released four solo albums. On November 8, 2011, Heavy D collapsed outside his home and died of a pulmonary embolism.
I’ve been on vacation for the last 10 days, and driving last Friday so… Ms. Abdul has never had her own R&B #1. Sure, she’s choreographed a few and appeared in Miss Jackson’s videos, but Straight Up was her biggest R&B hit, it got to #2 behind Monday’s #1 (March 4, 89) For her first week, New Edition was still number one R&B, but for the weeks of February 18 and 25, 1984’s Miss America Venessa Williams hit #1 with “Dreamin” - which also hit #8 on the Hot 100 on April 8, two places behind R.E.M.’s biggest 80s hit, also the biggest ever hit about orienteering. In 1981, Miss Williams started attending Syracuse as a music theatre major. In 83, during her sophomore year, she was named Miss Syracuse, then Miss New York, then Miss America. She left Syracuse after becoming Miss America 1984 in September 83 - she did get her BFA in music theatre in 2008 and spoke at the college of visual and performing arts graduation. ‘Cuse gave her two years of credits for a 25 year of music and acting career. Vanessa sung during the Miss America pageant and eventually got a record contract after the whole Penthouse debacle. The new Mrs. Ramon Hervey II released her first album, The Right Stuff, in 88. The lead single “The Right Stuff” got to #44 pop, #4 R&B, and #1 dance. The follow up was “(He’s Got) The Look” that got to #10 R&B and #49 Dance. The third single was “Dreamin’”. https://youtu.be/D8lO4UQVrsA She got nominated for Best New Artist Grammy as well as Best Female R&B Performance in 88, 89, and 90. New Artist and for the lead single in 88, This single in 89, and the lead single off her next album in 90. She lost New Artist to Tracy Chapman and all three Female Performance Grammys to Anita Baker. Vanessa will be back. Tom will talk about Vanessa. She’s got 110 acting credits. She’s got a number of acting and music awards. She’s been nominated for a Tony. She’s got an Emmy or two.
I grew up 40 miles from Canada. I spent almost all the 90s listening to Canadian radio. I'm still not sure I've ever heard this song before today.
For February 4th, Bobby Brown-less New Edition had their fourth R&B number one with Can You Stand the Rain. Can You Stand was the third single off their fifth album Heart Break - their first album without Bobby, who was replaced by Johnny Gill. BBD + Gill and Tresvant would stay #1 for two weeks, including the first week of Wednesday’s #1. https://youtu.be/7flrKMGfwjw Can You Stand was Jam and Lewis’s first number one of 89. Through three singles, we’ve got a Jam and Lewis, a LA Reid and Babyface, and a Roberta Flack produced single. Two of those will dominate the chart for the rest of the year. After Heart Break, New Edition went on hiatus until 1996, when they released their next album - their biggest hit, it was both R&B and Hot 200 #1 album. Their second album, the follow up to Candy Girl, was their only other #1 album and that only got to #6 Hot 200. They’ve released one more album since then in 2004. The official line for the hiatus was to focus on solo projects, spurred on by Bobby’s success. Johnny Gill, who released some solo albums before replacing Bobby, released his self titled album and launched a few #1 singles. Ralph Tresvant released his self titled debut, which went to R&B #1 and had a #1, #2, and #3. And then there was Bell Biv Devoe. The album Poison went quadruple platinum. One third of BBD, Michael Bivins will have even greater success as a producer in a couple virtual years, who by happenstance ran into a boy band from Philadelphia in February 1989. Said boy band snuck into a concert and hoped to run into Will Smith even though they took their name from a song off Heart Break. Boys II Men wowed Bivins and he produced their first album.
Every 20 years. The 70s loved the 50s: American Graffiti, Happy Days. The 80s loved the 60s: This, etc. The 90s loved the 70s However, we seemed to be stuck in an 80s loop of the naughties and 10s, and 15+ has been 90s.
Bobby Brown had already been R&B#1 months ago for My Prerogative. For this week and the interiety of Monday’s #1, Karyn White had her second R&B#1 with “Superwoman”, also hitting #8 on the Hot 100, #11 in the UK, and #12 AC. Not only that, it was Billboard’s #1R&B for 1989. Back in October of 88, Karyn’s debut single bumped My Prerogative out of the top spot, so an interesting coincidence that she was again #1 while he was. Superwoman again was written and produced by Babyface, LA Reid, and Daryl Simmons, their first of many 1989 #1s https://youtu.be/A4C4NiVKrXk In 1991 Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, and Patti LaBelle covered this song on Gladys’ #1 R&B album Good Woman. It wasn’t released as a single. Ms. White will be back, but I probably won’t write about it.
There's been a move to rename the golden age as New School, making Run-DMC and LL Cool J New school. I don't believe them, but it's a good way to separate early acts (Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash, Kurtis Blow) from golden age stuff (LL, Beastie Boys circa License to Ill, etc). I go with the more traditional split point of Paul's Boutique, which didn't come out until 12 months after Jungle Brothers, so yep, one of the first.
My second post still got caught, so I'm taking out some videos - no Sesame Street video! No Luke Cage video! No Arthur video! Instead of either version of Poison, a bit of music royalty had a R&B #1 for the last two weeks of 1988. Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers hit #1 with “Tumblin’ Down”. Ziggy was Bob’s third eldest kid, and his eldest son. The Melody Makers consisted of Stephen, Cedella, and Sharon Marley - three out of four of Bob’s eldest children. Sharon, the eldest, was Rita’s daughter from a previous relationship, but Bob adopted her. Tumblin’ Down was the second single off their 4th album, Conscious Party. The first was never released, and they actually released a best-of compilation album before Conscious Party. Conscious Party was their biggest break, hitting #23 Hot 200, it was their only album in the top 25, but the next one, 1989’s One Bright Day, did get to #26. Interestingly, they didn’t do great in the UK either, where reggae actually does do well. https://youtu.be/113sgsuhcAE This was the only #1 for Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. They split and Ziggy and Stephen went solo. Their final studio album, 1999’s The Spirit of Music, hit #1 on the Reggae album chart. Getting good info for the reggae charts in the 80s and 90s is next to impossible. I can’t even tell when the reggae singles chart started! I’m assuming the reggae album chart started between 91 and 93 - their 91 album Jahmekya was #3 on Billboard’s World Music album chart but “didn’t chart” for reggae, their 93 album Joy and Blues was #5 World album and #11 Reggae album. One final thing of note, they did the theme song for the cartoon Arthur! They appeared on Sesame Street in 91! Conscious Party won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album. They won again in 90 and 98. Ziggy won the same award solo in 2007, 14, 15, and 17, and solo Ziggy has had seven #1 Reggae albums since 2003. Solo Stephen has released 4 albums, all of them have been #1 Reggae albums, and won the same Grammy in 2008, 10, and 12. There have only been 2 times Ziggy has been nominated and lost. The first time to Stephen, the second to Shaggy & Sting. Stephen has never lost that Grammy! Stephen also shows up in the second season of Luke Cage and performs on stage (episode 7). The Melody Makers were nominated for 5 Grammys, winning 3 times. In 94 they lost to Inner Circle with the theme song to Cops!, and funny enough they lost in 1996 to Shaggy. Sharon now manages the Bob Marley Museum in Jamaica and Cedella is CEO of Tuff Gong.
Poison was still #1 in January 89, but the Marley’s weren't. Just a month before her 52 birthday, Roberta Flack had the R&B #1 with “Oasis”, the title track off her 12th album, her first since 1983. It did not crossover, the album hitting #159 on the Hot 200 and the single not charting. https://youtu.be/hU9VQujOEag This is Roberta’s last #1, but she did have a couple more Dance #1s, one of which was a remix of Killing Me Softly, and a 1991 song with Maxi Priest that got to AC#2. She had 4 R&B #1s and 3 Pop #1s. Due to the 90s, Tom will not be covering a huge selling cover version of Killing Me Softly, even though The Fugees version hit #1 in more than 20 countries and topped the Top 40 chart (NOT the Hot 100), but didn’t chart on the R&B nor Rap chart...
Instead of either version of Poison, a bit of music royalty had a R&B #1 for the last two weeks of 1988. Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers hit #1 with “Tumblin’ Down”. Ziggy was Bob’s third eldest kid, and his eldest son. The Melody Makers consisted of Stephen, Cedella, and Sharon Marley - three out of four of Bob’s eldest children. Sharon, the eldest, was Rita’s daughter from a previous relationship, but Bob adopted her. Tumblin’ Down was the second single off their 4th album, Conscious Party. The first was never released, and they actually released a best-of compilation album before Conscious Party. Conscious Party was their biggest break, hitting #23 Hot 200, it was their only album in the top 25, but the next one, 1989’s One Bright Day, did get to #26. Interestingly, they didn’t do great in the UK either, where reggae actually does do well. https://youtu.be/113sgsuhcAE This was the only #1 for Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. They split and Ziggy and Stephen went solo. Their final studio album, 1999’s The Spirit of Music, hit #1 on the Reggae album chart. Getting good info for the reggae charts in the 80s and 90s is next to impossible. I can’t even tell when the reggae singles chart started! I’m assuming the reggae album chart started between 91 and 93 - their 91 album Jahmekya was #3 on Billboard’s World Music album chart but “didn’t chart” for reggae, their 93 album Joy and Blues was #5 World album and #11 Reggae album. One final thing of note, they did the theme song for the cartoon Arthur! They appeared on Sesame Street in 91! https://youtu.be/M3pOsUeK9YU https://youtu.be/j40YC5d6RzA Conscious Party won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album. They won again in 90 and 98. Ziggy won the same award solo in 2007, 14, 15, and 17, and solo Ziggy has had seven #1 Reggae albums since 2003. Solo Stephen has released 4 albums, all of them have been #1 Reggae albums, and won the same Grammy in 2008, 10, and 12. There have only been 2 times Ziggy has been nominated and lost. The first time to Stephen, the second to Shaggy & Sting. Stephen has never lost that Grammy! Stephen also shows up in the second season of Luke Cage and performs on stage (episode 7). https://youtu.be/z0byVzlLPAo The Melody Makers were nominated for 5 Grammys, winning 3 times. In 94 they lost to Inner Circle with the theme song to Cops!, and funny enough they lost in 1996 to Shaggy. Sharon now manages the Bob Marley Museum in Jamaica and Cedella is CEO of Tuff Gong.
I think I got in trouble for too many videos :D So I'm splitting it up. In a fun bit of trivia, Bret Michaels’ Poison didn’t chart on the R&B charts. But if you check Poison on Billboard, they say they charted on the R&B chart in 1975. In 75, Michaels was 12. However there was a funk band Poison that did get to R&B#27 in September of 75! There is very little information on them, but they released one album in 76 and 5 singles over 75-76 on Roulette Records. Billboard.com doesn’t make any distinction between the bands! The 75 single info has Bret Michaels’ mug front and center. https://youtu.be/4QLDYkt3ns8
Billboard barely acknowledges reggae. The Reggae Albums chart is hidden deep on the site. The Grammys only give out one Reggae award, and only since 85. The BRIT awards aren't much better, but at least the UK charts recognize reggae.
Lots of videos ahead! In a fun bit of trivia, Bret Michaels’ Poison didn’t chart on the R&B charts. But if you check Poison on Billboard, they say they charted on the R&B chart in 1975. In 75, Michaels was 12. However there was a funk band Poison that did get to R&B#27 in September of 75! There is very little information on them, but they released one album in 76 and 5 singles over 75-76 on Roulette Records. Billboard.com doesn’t make any distinction between the bands! The 75 single info has Bret Michaels’ mug front and center. https://youtu.be/4QLDYkt3ns8 Instead of either version of Poison, a bit of music royalty had a R&B #1 for the last two weeks of 1988. Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers hit #1 with “Tumblin’ Down”. Ziggy was Bob’s third eldest kid, and his eldest son. The Melody Makers consisted of Stephen, Cedella, and Sharon Marley - three out of four of Bob’s eldest children. Sharon, the eldest, was Rita’s daughter from a previous relationship, but Bob adopted her. Tumblin’ Down was the second single off their 4th album, Conscious Party. The first was never released, and they actually released a best-of compilation album before Conscious Party. Conscious Party was their biggest break, hitting #23 Hot 200, it was their only album in the top 25, but the next one, 1989’s One Bright Day, did get to #26. Interestingly, they didn’t do great in the UK either, where reggae actually does do well. https://youtu.be/113sgsuhcAE This was the only #1 for Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. They split and Ziggy and Stephen went solo. Their final studio album, 1999’s The Spirit of Music, hit #1 on the Reggae album chart. Getting good info for the reggae charts in the 80s and 90s is next to impossible. I can’t even tell when the reggae singles chart started! I’m assuming the reggae album chart started between 91 and 93 - their 91 album Jahmekya was #3 on Billboard’s World Music album chart but “didn’t chart” for reggae, their 93 album Joy and Blues was #5 World album and #11 Reggae album. One final thing of note, they did the theme song for the cartoon Arthur! They appeared on Sesame Street in 91! https://youtu.be/M3pOsUeK9YU https://youtu.be/j40YC5d6RzA Conscious Party won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album. They won again in 90 and 98. Ziggy won the same award solo in 2007, 14, 15, and 17, and solo Ziggy has had seven #1 Reggae albums since 2003. Solo Stephen has released 4 albums, all of them have been #1 Reggae albums, and won the same Grammy in 2008, 10, and 12. There have only been 2 times Ziggy has been nominated and lost. The first time to Stephen, the second to Shaggy & Sting. Stephen has never lost that Grammy! Stephen also shows up in the second season of Luke Cage and performs on stage (episode 7). https://youtu.be/z0byVzlLPAo The Melody Makers were nominated for 5 Grammys, winning 3 times. In 94 they lost to Inner Circle with the theme song to Cops!, and funny enough they lost in 1996 to Shaggy. Sharon now manages the Bob Marley Museum in Jamaica and Cedella is CEO of Tuff Gong. Poison was still #1 in January 89, but the Marley’s weren't. Just a month before her 52 birthday, Roberta Flack had the R&B #1 with “Oasis”, the title track off her 12th album, her first since 1983. It did not crossover, the album hitting #159 on the Hot 200 and the single not charting. https://youtu.be/hU9VQujOEag This is Roberta’s last #1, but she did have a couple more Dance #1s, one of which was a remix of Killing Me Softly, and a 1991 song with Maxi Priest that got to AC#2. She had 4 R&B #1s and 3 Pop #1s. Due to the 90s, Tom will not be covering a huge selling cover version of Killing Me Softly, even though The Fugees version hit #1 in more than 20 countries and topped the Top 40 chart (NOT the Hot 100), but didn’t chart on the R&B nor Rap chart...
Orange Crush is at least a 7, but I'll listen to arguments that it's a 10.
Chicago did have charting R&B songs. But the last one was Street Player, a #91 in 1979, which was first recorded by Rufus & Chaka Khan. Their song wasn’t a single, but the album titled Street Player was a #1 R&B album. My favourite use was by The Bucketheads (Kenny Gonzalez) sampling Chicago’s horns in 1995’s The Bomb, a house track that didn’t chart. Pitbull made it a hit in 2009. Pitbull sampled “75, Brazil Street” by Nicola Fasano and Pat Rich, who sampled Chicago’s horns. That trip to the virtual past and future aside, two artists had a R&B#1 while Chicago did. On December 10, The Boys had their first #1 with their debut single, the new jack swing song “Dial My Heart”. It was destined to be a hit - it was written by LA Reid, Babyface, and Daryl Simmons. I’m not keeping count, but that’s about the 10th number one in 1988 for Reid and Babyface, and second for Simmons, who wrote Bobby Brown’s Don’t Be Cruel. The Boys were really boys, the Abdul-Samad brothers were born between 1973 and 1979, making them between 9 and 15. In 1984, they traveled from their home in Carson, CA to Venice Beach (20 miles by bike, or 2 hours by bus today) to use their talents to earn cash for a Father’s Day present. They made $60 in one day and decided it would be a good job. They eventually got a Motown contract and released their debut album in October 88. Here’s the official video with 1:07 of opening where they name drop their choreographer, Rosie Perez, a year before she danced her way into Do The Right Thing - which she also choreographed. https://youtu.be/4K4XgXJadg8 Before their big break, the second oldest brother, had a bit of an acting career. He had small parts in a couple episodes of Gimmie A Break, The Facts of Life, Different Strokes, Hill Street Blues, Mr Belvedere, Webster. He was also the voice of Franklin in This is America, Charlie Brown, and had a part in the movie Wildcats (the Goldie Hawn coaches peewee football movie). The Boys will be back. After a week of The Boys, Cherrelle had her first and only R&B#1 with Everything I Miss at Home. Cheryl Ann Norton had a few hits before, hitting #2 twice, but hit #1 with this one, written by Jam and Lewis. The album this track is off of, Affair, was the last collaboration between Cherrelle and Jam and Lewis. With this news, I’m sure you can guess those albums did not sell well. Cherrelle grew up in Detroit and signed to Tabu in 1983. She released 4 albums between 84 and 91. The first three sold fairly well, the second getting as high at #36 on the Hot 200 (#9 R&B album), but her two big his before this single were duets with former #1 artist and former Flyte Time member Alexander O'Neal. https://youtu.be/vKPRcySfC1M Cherrelle will not return.
Wow, that distribution for Top. As of right now, 1 vote for 10,8,7,6,5,4,3,2 and 2 votes for 7.
In 2005, the anime studio Gonzo created an original (not manga based) anime Speed Grapher. It's about an ex-war photographer that tries to save a girl and develops a super power that causes what ever he takes a photo of to explode. It's weird. But it used Girls on Film as it's first opening theme https://youtu.be/7bT1IgtsCsQ If you find the English language DVDs, the theme song is different. Gonzo could only license "Girls on Film" from EMI/Toshiba JP, but not the rest of the world!
An earlier Will to Power song made it up to R&B #40 in September of 87, but this thing didn’t chart. That same song ,”Dreamin’”, got to #50 pop in August of 87 and #15 Dance. But this time, we get someone much more respected atop the R&B Chart. Freddie Jackson for the second time after Labor Day 1988 with “Hey Lover”, his second single off his third album, his eighth R&B #1 overall. Jackson will release 2 more singles off his “Don’t Let Love Slip Away” album, a R&B #5 and #17, and a duet with Natalie Cole (#7 R&B) before his next album, and return to #1. “Hey Lover” was unique on this album as the only track written by Keith Washington and Sonny Moore, and produced by Paul Laurence and Darryl Shepard. Almost every other track was written by Barry Eastmond and Jolyon Skinner and produced by Eastmond. Some prior songs, including a couple #1s, were written by Moore, but it looks like this was the first time he worked with Washington. https://youtu.be/kV3rTHmJOb0
Anita Baker was still #1 R&B for the first week of Jon Bon Jovi. For Thanksgiving week, Cheryl “Pepsii” Riley hit #1 R&B with her debut single “Thanks For My Child”, her only #1 and also her only Top 40 song, peaking at #32 on Christmas Eve. Where she came from (Brooklyn) isn’t as interesting as where she goes from here. She released three albums from 88 to 93, then left the industry until 2005. In between she raised a kid and started to appear in Tyler Perry plays and films. She’s appeared in 11 of his movies and at least 6 plays. In 2005, she appeared on the soundtrack for Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Since then, she’s released 2 more albums. https://youtu.be/ICxk7dYYrOs
Each time I typed it, I thought I was wrong...
As Legeis alluded to on Friday, Anita Baker topped the R&B charts for two weeks with “Giving You the Best That I Got”, a single that won her her 4th and 5th Grammy. This was her first #1 although she did get to #2 back in 86. Both those singles were big crossover hits too, reaching #8 in 86 and all the way to #3 with this one. Born in Toledo, Anita grew up in Detroit but she was never involved with Motown. Anita joined Detroit soul outfit Chapter 8 in 75. They got a contract with a small German record company and released an album that didn’t sell very well. The company, Ariola Records - the company that released Amii Stewart’s “Knock On Wood” - was bought by Arista in the early 80s. Arista dropped Chapter 8, and Anita went back to Detroit and worked as a secretary and waitress. Ariola still exists today as a part of Sony releasing albums in Germany. In 82, a friend of Anita offered her a solo contract on his small label, Beverly Glen. She released her debut album in 83 and got a R&B #5 single. Her follow up in 86 had the aforementioned R&B #2, Pop #3. Her third album, Giving You the Best That I Got, came out in October 88 and went to #1 R&B and #1 Hot 200. The title track was the lead single, and also went AC #1. Pure smooth, jazzy, quiet storm R&B. https://youtu.be/KEb7JPbJaiY She won Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal performance Grammys for it. Helping the crossover appeal, it showed up in Knots Landing, All My Children, AND Guiding Light in 88/89! Supposedly this was Michael Jordan’s favourite song. Even if that’s not true, in 1996 he sang it to Jerry Stackhouse as he scored 48 points over Stackhouse as he scored his 23,000th point.
2-2-1 Being 10 in 88 probably is what dooms Kokomo. I really, really dislike Streisand.
Spoiler: I'm going to post an Anita Baker song very soon.
Ahh, broken comments section fixed :D You really could get away from it all on the R&B chart, where Kokomo didn’t chart at all. For the week of November 5, Luther Vandross got his fourth R&B #1 with “Any Love”, his lead single off his sixth album. Any Love also got him his 7th and 8th Grammy nomination, but none of these 8 nominations ended in an award. https://youtu.be/3aFaU1G3J5s Luther will be back with one that finally won him a Grammy.
And I own a bunch of those albums :D
I think the Woo Yeah break (aka Think break) is second only to the Amen break. There has officially been at least 2990 samples of the Woo Yeah break, everyone from Niki Minaj to 2 Live Crew to Run the Jewels to Janet Jackson to Slick Rick to Sigma and Porter Robinson. It takes Two was the first big airplay of the sample. The Amen break has been noted in at least 5340 songs! I hope Lyn Collins and James Brown got more money than the Winstons, who got noting for the Amen break...
Two threes and a nine. I've always been bullish on Barry White!
For Collins’ first week, Bobby Brown was still R&B #1 with “My Prerogative”. For Phil’s second week Karyn White’s debut single was the R&B #1. “The Way You Love Me” came out on August 15, 1988 in advance of her self titled, future R&B #1 album. The album came out just 3 weeks before the single topped the chart, and by April 89 it had already gone Platinum. Karyn, born in October 65 while “Yesterday” was #1, grew up in LA as a choir singer. She appeared on a few of jazz musician Jeff Lorber singles singing backup, including his biggest crossover hit, 86’s Private Passion (R&B #29, Pop #68). One of the tracks on Karyn’s debut album was written by Lorber, but 7 of the remaining 8, including this #1, were written by LA Ried and Babyface. I’ve lost count of how many #1s they’ve written or produced so far, but I think this is #4. There will be more. https://youtu.be/HPQtfy7Cdrg Karyn White will be back. But I’m going to fast forward a bit in her life. In 1992, Karyn married Terry Lewis - half of Jam and Lewis. They eventually divorced in 1999. She was married to producer Bobby G from 2007-09. In 2012, she dated Al B! Sure. She now lives in Rocklin, California. That only is interesting to me because I lived in Rocklin in 2006/07, then from 07-12 next door in Roseville.
UB40 never charted on the R&B chart. According to Billboard’s site, they had one very big single that hit #3 on the Rhythmic Airplay chart in 93, which Billboard classifies under R&B/Hip-Hop, but Tom will be talking about that one. For UB40’s week and the first week of Monday’s #1, a boy from Roxbury, MA, had one of the songs that are in the dictionary under New Jack Swing. Bobby Brown was only #1 for two weeks with the Teddy Riley produced single “My Prerogative”. It didn’t even get into the Top 40 until November! But Tom will have something to say in a few months. https://youtu.be/5cDLZqe735k It felt bigger than just a few weeks at #1. It only went Gold! But it was the #2 single for 1989. The album, “Don’t Be Cruel”, spent at least 11 weeks at #1 on the R&B Albums and some time at #1 on the Hot 200. It sold at least 7 million copies, and all 5 singles were in the pop Top 10. We’ll have to wait until virtual April 1989 for more of the Bobby Brown story
8, 10, 9. I almost went 10 for hooked, but that would have been an emotional vote. I would have gone a little lower for Love, but I voted after reading Tom's review and I was sufficiently swayed
I got to see a Natalie Merchant sometime around 2000, she was great. 10,000 Maniacs never had a top 10! Makes sense, but I thought I heard "These Are The Days" and "Because The Night" everywhere in the early 90s. They were a #66 and #11... A #1 and #7 Alt though and that's probably why they seemed all over the place. Natalie solo did have a pop top 10 though! Her first single, "Carnival" was a #10. "Jealousy" seemed like a bigger hit at the time to me though
I've got a cold for the first time since March 1, 2020, so I completely forgot it was Wednesday! Bobby McFerrin only got to #11 on the R&B chart, instead there were two different #1s over his two weeks. For the first week Jeffrey Osborne had his first and only #1 with “She’s On The Left” Osborne began his career as the drummer and lead singer for former R&B #1 L.T.D. LTD started in Greensboro, NC, and during a gig in Providence, RI, they recruited Osborne. They had three R&B #1s between 76 and 78 and a #1 album in 77. Osborne went solo in 82 and released a few albums before 88. He ended up writing Whitney’s “All at Once”, which didn’t get a US single release. He was on We Are the World. His last single before this one was a duet with Dionne Warwick, “Love Power”, that was an AC #1 https://youtu.be/YQlSvJJaRrI For Bobby’s second week, LeVert got their third R&B #1 with “Addicted to You” which was also featured in Coming to America which came out in June. https://youtu.be/2kTXrgxLEOM This isn’t the last we’ll hear from LeVert.
For the week of September 10, Freddie Jackson was still R&B #1. Replacing him was a man with more R&B #1s (10 to 13 solo and 6 with the Jackson 5), Michael Jackson with “Another part of Me” as the sixth single off Bad. Another Part of Me was originally for Captain EO, but it led off Side 2 of Bad. It probably played pretty good in the movie, but it didn’t even go top 10 on the pop charts. I prefer G&R. https://youtu.be/8vwHQNQ88cM MJ released three more singles off Bad - a total of 9 singles off an 11 track album! His next single was, IMHO, his best song off the album, Smooth Criminal. It got to R&B #2 and pop #7, making Another Part of Me the only American or Canadian single off Bad not to go Top 10 pop! The final two singles, Leave Me Alone and Liberian Girl, were not released in North America. Leave Me Alone wasn’t even on the original vinyl or cassette album, only on the CD and added after 2001 to other versions. It did go #1 in Greece, Ireland, and Spain. If you didn’t know, Jackson will be back. But here’s Smooth Criminal https://youtu.be/sFvENQBc-F8
Just wait until Billboard starts it's Rap charts next virtual year to test your theory. The first #1 was a KRS-One track, and only 1 #1 the first year was from a west coast rapper (who was from Texas, but on Easy-E's Ruthless and Dre produced the hit)
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