Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Songoftheday 9/17/19 -Take a good look at it look at it now, might be the last time you'll have a go around...

"Red Light Special" - TLC
from the album CrazySexyCool (1994)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (three weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 19

Today's song of the day comes from the R&B/Hip Hop trio TLC, who started off the promotion of their second album CrazySexyCool with their first #1 pop hit "Creep" in the beginning of 1995. For their follow-up single, "T-Boz", "Left-Eye", and "Chilli" released a sensous ballad from Babyface called "Red Light Special". He also produced the track, which compares their desires to a sale in the "red light district", for better or for worse...

"Red Light Special" climbed all the way to the runner-up spot on the American pop chart in April of 1995, where it stayed for three weeks. The song also spent a week at #3 on Billboard magazine's R&B chart. Internationally, the single made the top ten in New Zealand at #9, while reaching the top-40 in the UK (#18) and Canada (#19).

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Disco Dessert 9/16/19 - "Hello Again" from the Cars...

"Hello Again" was the biggest club hit for the new wave band the Cars, led by singer/songwriter/producer Ric Ocasek, who just passed away at the age of 75 on Sunday. Appearing on their classic album Heartbeat City as the opening track, the song was written by Ocasek, while the band produced it with Robert "Mutt" Lange (which explains the bright, loud, and busy production). On Billboard magazine's Hot Dance/Disco chart, "Hello Again" rose to #8, the band's sole top ten entry on any dance chart, thanks to remixes done by Arthur Baker with help from the Latin Rascals and Andy Wallace. The song also peaked at #20 on the pop chart and the rock radio chart...

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Robbed hit of the week 9/16/19 - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's "For Tha Love Of $"...

"Foe Tha Love of $" - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
from the EP Creepin' On Ah Come Up (1994)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #41

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the rap group from Cleveland, Ohio, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, who had broke through to the mainstream music scene in the fall of 1994 with their first top-40 pop hit "Thuggish Ruggish Bone". For their follow-up single, the group went financial and released "Foe Tha Love Of $", which featured a verse from their mentor, rapper Eazy-E, who also appeared in the music video right before he passed away from AIDS-related illness in March of 1995. The female vocals were done by Jewell (not the folk singer), who sang on many of Death Row Records' hits...

Although "Foe Tha Love Of $" climbed to #4 on Billboard magazine's Rap Singles chart, and peaked at #33 on their R&B genre chart, the single stalled at the dreaded #41 spot a week before Eazy-E's death in March of 1995. But by the following year, the group would go on to have their biggest album and a #1 pop single.

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Songoftheday 9/16/19 - Everytime I hold you I begin to understand, everything about you tells me your my man...

"You Got It" - Bonnie Raitt
from the album Boys On The Side (Original Soundtrack) (1995)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #33
Weeks in the Top-40: 6

Today's song of the day comes from veteran blues-rock artist Bonnie Raitt, who had released her third album of her renaissance period in the spring of 1994 with the top-20 pop hit "Love Sneakin' Up On You". The album Longing In Their Hearts also won a Grammy Award for Pop Vocal Album and was nominated for Album of the Year. The following year, Bonnie recorded a song for the mostly female-packed soundtrack to the movie Boys On The Side, which starred Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Barrymore, and Mary-Louise Parker. It would be a remake of the final hit record for rock and roll legend Roy Orbison, who passed away just before "You Got It" became a top ten hit in the spring of 1989...

Raitt's version doesn't stray far from Roy's, with the same guitar-based easy-listening arrangement meant for adult pop radio...

Bonnie's take on "You Got It" became her fifth and most recent top-40 pop hit in March of 1995. The song also climbed all the way to #6 on Billboard magazine's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. Internationally, the single peaked at #11 in Canada, while in the UK it spent a solitary week at #89. At the Grammy Awards in 1996, Bonnie got another nomination this time for Pop Female Vocal Performance, which went to Annie Lennox for her cover of "No More I Love You's".

During this break in studio albums between Longing In Their Hearts and 1998's Fundamental, she ended her production partnership with Don Was with the live double album Road Tested. The concert set included an original of Bryan Adams', "Rock Steady", which went to #73 on the pop Hot 100 and #30 on the Adult Contemporary radio chart in Billboard. In Canada, the live single did much better at #17, and in the UK it peaked at #50. The album was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Album, losing to Sheryl Crow's self-titled sophomore record.

Bonnie returned to the studio for 1998's Fundamental album, which scored a pair of moderately successful Adult Contemporary hits, like "One Belief Away" (#15 AC). Two year later in 2000 Raitt was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. After that, Bonnie released her Silver Lining piece in 2002, which got three hits on to the Adult Contemproary list, with "I Can't Help You Now" (#15 AC). 2005's Souls Alike got her back on easy listening radio with "I Will Not Be Broken" going to #27 at AC. Her most recent album, Dig In Deep, was a return to the blues that went to #11 on the sales charts.

Up tomorrow: R&B trio are having a lascivious sale perhaps?   

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Disco Dessert 9/15/19 - "Thinking Of You" from Sister Sledge...

"Thinking Of You" was an track from the familial female vocal group Sister Sledge's classic album We Are Family. Originally released in 1979, the song wasn't even released as a proper single, though it served as the "B-Side" to third release "Lost In Music" in Britain. In 1983, the song got new life as it was released to assuage their bad fortunes of their regular album that year. In reward, the song climbed to #11 on the British singles chart, though still never making the dance list in America. Ten years later, a re-release with new mixes climbed to #17. Despite its modest return "Thinking Of You" remains in my list of my favorite songs of all time top ten, not bad for a disco album cut that almost didn't see radio airplay.

Songoftheday 9/15/19 - I was young and didn't have no where to run, I needed to wake up and see what's in front of me...

"Thank You" - Boyz II Men
from the album II (1994)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #21 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from the pop/soul vocal group from Philadelphia, Boyz II Men, whose sophomore effort II had spun off two massive pop hits in America, both reaching #1 with "I'll Make Love To You" spending a record-breaking (at the time) and "On Bended Knee" topping the list for another six. For their third release from the set the Boyz went back to their roots, putting out the boppin' mostly acappella album lead track "Thank You" (some instruments were added to the radio edit). Written by the bandmates Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, and Shawn Stockman, along with producer Dallas Austin, the song was a lively tribute to their fans, and since they've had success with like-sounding "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday" and "In The Still Of The Nite", that this seemed like a hat trick. I was wrong...

"Thank You" stopped short of the pop top-20 in March of 1995, though it still did well enough to place in that year's Hot 100 year-end list at #94. On Billboard's R&B chart, the song peaked at #17. Internationally, the single reached the top-40 in New Zealand (#17), the UK (#26), France (#27), Canada (#32), and Australia (#33). As great and tight a song this was, and it was a fave on the album for me, it worked better as an album starter than a stand-alone radio single. I would've loved to have seen them put out the Tony Rich composition "I Sit Away" or even more daringly the street-rock "U Know" instead (or "Water Runs Dry" earlier).

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Disco Dessert 9/14/19 - "Double Dutch Bus" from Frankie Smith...

"Double Dutch Bus" was an urban and club hit for R&B artist Frankie Smith. Appearing on his album Children Of Tomorrow, the song which heralded the street jump-rope game Double Dutch, was written by Frankie with producer Bill Bloom. The track spent five weeks at #1 on Billboard magazine's R&B chart in 1981, but only managed to get to #51 on their Disco Top 100 tally. And for those who are too young to remember, now you know where Snoop Dogg gets his affectation from...

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Songoftheday 9/14/19 - I don't care what they say I'm not about to pay nobody's way, 'cause it's all about the dog in me...

"Freak Like Me" - Adina Howard
from the album Do You Wanna Ride? (1995)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 27

Today's song of the day comes from R&B singer Adina Howard, who was born in the city of Grand Rapids in the center of Michigan. At the start of 1995, Adina released her debut single "Freak Like Me". Built on an interpolation of a Bootsy Collins funk record ("I'd Rather Be With You") the salacious song was credited to Collins, George Clinton, and Mudbone Cooper. The extra funky track was greatly helped by Howards more-than-compatible vocals, with her selling the sexy song without going into cheesy territory. This is probably one of the most sexy up-tempo songs out there at the time, and Adina was rewarded with her first and biggest hit in America...

"Freak Like Me" was Adina's first pop hit and her biggest in the U.S., spending two weeks in the runner-up spot on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 in May of 1995. The song also took a month (four weeks at #2 on their R&B chart. Internationally, the single reached the top-40 in New Zealand (#22), the Netherlands (#26), and the UK (#33).

Her follow-up to this massive hit, "My Up And Down", attempted to recapture the erotic nature of the debut, with a new remix. The record reached the R&B top-40 in Billboard at #32, but was unable to match the momentum of her debut down at #68 on the pop Hot 100. Then came "It's All About You", which got to #58 R&B, while missing the pop chart altogether. I guess with Mary J Blige at her high mainstream stations had their slot filled, as they say.

After the lead single from Adina's sophomore effort Welcome To Fantasy Island, "(Freak) And You Know It", peaked at #32 R&B while stalling down at #70 on the pop chart, her label cancelled the album release, a fatal blow on most music careers. What did give her a lifeline was one of the two soundtrack cuts she recorded after the first album. A redo of Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It" with rapper Warren G granted Adina a second top-40 hit, as well as her biggest international single, and will be featured in a future SOTD. But her next album wouldn't appear until 2004's indie release Second Coming, which went to #61 on the albums chart. That same year, she guested on a single from producers/rappers Play-n-Skillz, "Freaks" also featuring Krayzie Bone of the Cleveland rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, which got to #52 R&B/#69 Pop/#24 Rap Singles. Adina has released a couple of albums since, with her latest being 2017's Resurrection.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Disco Dessert 9/13/19 - "Sure Shot" from Tracy Weber...

"Sure Shot" was a club hit for Queens-born singer Tracy Weber. Written by producer Richard Bassoff and Nick Braddy, the single was released as a one-off, since tragically (and morosely ironically) Weber was murdered by a gunman in 1981 before she got to see the success of the song. "Sure Shot" climbed to #3 on Billboard magazine's Disco Top 80 chart in 1982. The record later would be sampled for the single "Let Me Know" from British singer Roisin Murphy in 2007.

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twostepcub's music chart for September 13, 2019...

Friday's here, and it's time to run down my top 100 "hit" tunes from the previous week. Taylor Swift claims a fourth week at #1, while Lana Del Rey (pictured above) takes her Sublime cover into the top ten. Former big hits from Kane Brown, Lee Brice, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and Maddie Poppe drop off my chart, while songs from Rob Thomas, Keith Urban, and Pink make the biggest jumps (moves of 10+ places highlighted in red). Happy Friday the 13th mwahahaha!

This Week              Song/Artist (last week's position in parentheses)
1. You Need To Calm Down - Taylor Swift (1)
2. Alligator - Of Monsters And Men (3)
3. Bad Guy - Billie Eilish (2)
4. Truth Hurts - Lizzo (6)
5. Talk - Khalid (5)
6. Hey Look Ma, I Made It - Panic! At The Disco (4)
7. Someone You Loved - Lewis Capaldi (7)
8. Senorita - Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello (10)
9. If I Can't Have You - Shawn Mendes (9)
10. Doin' Time - Lana Del Rey (11)
11. Cringe - Matt Maeson (14)
12. Go - Black Keys (18)
13. Almost (Sweet Music) - Hozier (15)
14. Never Really Over - Katy Perry (10)
15. Go Slow - Gorgon City & Kaskade f/ROMEO (17)
16. Beautiful People - Ed Sheeran & Khalid (21)
17. Beer Never Broke My Heart - Luke Combs (13)
18. All To Myself - Dan + Shay (12)
19. 3 Nights - Dominic Fike (23)
20. The Bones - Maren Morris (20)
21. Gloria - The Lumineers (16)
22. Rescue Me - OneRepublic (22)
23. Sucker - Jonas Brothers (19)
24. Higher Love - Kygo & Whitney Houston (34)
25. Love Yourself - Billy Porter (33)
26. How Do You Sleep? - Sam Smith (36)
27. Last Day Under The Sun - Volbeat (31)
28. Can We Pretend - Pink f/Cash Cash (48)
29. This Life - Vampire Weekend (26)
30. Rearview Town - Jason Aldean (32)
31. When Am I Gonna Lose You - Local Natives (35)
32. Trampoline - SHAED (28)
33. Perfect Bitch - Tony Moran f/Jason Walker (41)
34. Hold Me While You Wait - Lewis Capaldi (30)
35. Be Someone - Camelphat & Jake Bugg (39)
36. Missing You - Ingrid Michaelson (24)
37. All Day and All Night - Jax Jones, Martin Solveig, & Madison Beer (27)
38. Buy My Own Drinks - Runaway June (45)
39. Missed Connection - The Head & The Heart (25)
40. 1-2-3-4-5-6 - Fitz & The Tantrums (40)
41. Stay (Don't Go Away) - David Guetta f/RAYE (29)
42. Southbound - Carrie Underwood (46)
43. Social Cues - Cage The Elephant (51)
44. Old Town Road - Lil Nas X f/Billy Ray Cyrus (44)
45. I Don't Know About You - Chris Lane (59)
46. Welcome Home - Laverne Cox (62)
47. You Little Beauty - FISHER (37)
48. Only Human - Jonas Brothers (52)
49. Walk Me Home - Pink (47)
50. Some Of It - Eric Church (42)
51. Miss You More - Kelsea Ballerini (65)
52. Dancing With A Stranger - Sam Smith & Normani (49)
53. Whiskey Glasses - Morgan Wallen (53)
54. Raised On Country - Chris Young (54)
55. Summer Days - Martin Garrix f/Macklemore & Patrick Stump (55)
56. God's Country - Blake Shelton (56)
57. Love Ain't - The Eli Young Band (57)
58. Love You Too Late - Cole Swindell (64)
59. No More - Disturbed (71)
60. Knockin' Boots - Luke Bryan (60)
61. Speechless - Dan + Shay (61)
62. Living - Dierks Bentley (66)
63. What Happens In A Small Town - Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell (81)
64. I Don't Care - Ed Sheeran f/Justin Bieber (70)
65. If You Love Somebody Set Them Free 2019 - Sting (75)
66. Enough - Fantasia (72)
67. Remember - Gryffin f/Zohara (67)
68. High Steppin' - The Avett Brothers (68)
69. Make It Better - Anderson Paak f/Smokey Robinson (83)
70. So Cold - Mahalo & DLMT f/Lily Denning (85)
71. The Ones That Didn't Make it Back Home - Justin Moore (73)
72. Castles - Freya Ridings (84)
73. Be Alright - Dion Todd f/Maya (74)
74. Can't Help Me Now - Rob Thomas (98)
75. Stay High - Brittany Howard (90)

76. Lover, Leaver - Greta Van Fleet (86)
77. We Were - Keith Urban (100)
78. ME! - Taylor Swift f/Brandon Urie (76)
79. A Deeper Love - Kendra Erika (79)
80. Higher - Jesse Saunders f/Cassandra Lucas (80)
81. Flying On My Own - Celine Dion (DEBUT)
82. With You - Kaskade & Meghan Trainor (DEBUT)
83. Hate Me - Ellie Goulding f/Juice WRLD (87)
84. I Rise - Madonna (88)
85. God Only Knows - for KING and COUNTRY f/Dolly Parton (95)
86. Under Your Scars - Godsmack (82)
87. Boyfriend - Ariana Grande & Social House (97)
88. Waves - Dean Lewis (DEBUT)
89. Good Vibes - Chris Janson (DEBUT)
90. Prayed For You - Matt Stell (DEBUT)
91. Let's Hear It For The Boy - Mari Burelle (91)
92. Help Me Stranger - The Raconteurs (DEBUT)
93. Welcome Home - HellYeah (DEBUT)
94. Miracle Pill - Goo Goo Dolls (94)
95. No Bullets Spent - Spoon (RE-ENTRY)
96. Harder - Jax Jones & Bebe Rexha (96)
97. Something Keeps Calling - Raphael Saadiq f/Rob Bacon (DEBUT)
98. Rescue Me - D-Sol f/Alex Newell (DEBUT)
99. I Wanna Dance - Jonas Blue (DEBUT)
100. Who's Got Your Love - Cheat Codes f/Daniel Blume (DEBUT)

There are eleven songs making their debut on my chart this week (highlighted in blue), and if you click on any of them, you'll connect to that artists' official webpage for more info. And here they are "live" to video (after the break)...

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Songoftheday 9/13/19 -Said if y'all don't mind can I talk about this woman I have? She's always complaining about the things she ain't got...

"If You Think You're Lonely Now" - K-Ci Hailey of Jodeci
from the album Jason's Lyric (Original Soundtrack) (1994)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #17 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8

Today's song of the day comes one K-Ci Hailey, who as one fourth of the new jack swing group Jodeci was riding well through the early 1990s, scoring five #1 R&B hits including "Cry For You", which also went to #15 on the pop chart in the beginning of 1994. He also notoriously dated Mary J. Blige in her early years, and by himself guested on her single "I Don't Want To Do Anything", which climbed to #86 on the R&B chart in 1993. In a break between album, K-Ci recorded a song for the soundtrack to the Jada Pinckett/Allan Payne movie Jason's Lyric. It was a cover of a song for soul veteran Bobby Womack, who co-wrote and produced "If You Think You're Lonely Now" for his album The Poet. The song spent four weeks at  #3 on the R&B chart in Billboard magazine, but got one notch away from the pop list, "Bubbling Under" the Hot 100 at #101...

K-Ci's version didn't stray far from the original, even including the spoken-word intro. In fact, the most memorable thing about his remake is that the production was sampled for Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" in 2005...

K-Ci's "If You Think You're Lonely Now" was released as the second single from the soundtrack after "U Will Know" by the multi-artist collaboration of Black Men United (which didn't have any Jodeci members in it). despite rushing into the pop top-20 in its second week, K-Ci didn't climb much higher, peaking within that level in March of 1995. The  song just missed the R&B top ten, topping out at #11. A third release from Jason's Lyric, a cover of Van Morrison's "Crazy Love", managed to go to #10 at R&B, but fell below the pop Top-40 at #45.

As for K-Ci, he went back to Jodeci for one more album before splitting off with his brother Jo-Jo to form their own duo. He occasionally featured on other records, like Will Smith's single "Will 2K" which reached #25 on the pop Hot 100 in 1999. In 2006, K-Ci released a solo album, My Book. From it the single "Conversation (Can I Talk 2 U)" went to #84 at R&B.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Disco Dessert 9/12/19 - "Running Away" from the Roy Ayers Ubiquity...

"Running Away" was a club and urban hit for jazz-funk artist Roy Ayers. Appearing on his album Lifeline under his side-project the Roy Ayers Ubiquity, the song was written by Ayers with Edwin Birdsong. "Running Away" climbed Billboard magazine's "National Disco Action" Top-40 in 1977, peaking at #14, while going to #19 on their R&B singles chart.

Songoftheday 9/12/19 - I was standing all alone against the world outside, you were searching for a place to hide...

"Love Will Keep Us Alive" - Eagles
from the album Hell Freezes Over (1994)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: Ineligible to chart
Billboard Hot 100 Airplay peak: #22 (one week)
Weeks on the Top-40 of the Hot 100 Airplay chart: 18

Today's song of the day comes from the veteran country-rock group Eagles, whose unpredicted reunion, Hell Freezes Over, had granted the band a top-40 pop/top-10 rock hit in the fall of 1994 with "Get Over It". Another new song from the mostly live record that was promoted to country dancehall was "The Girl From Yesterday", which peaked on the country airplay chart at about the same time. The third song promoted to radio, and their genre successor. would be "Love Will Keep Us Alive". Written by rock vets Peter Frampton and Paul Carrack along with Peter Vale, the soft and easy track reminded many of their early 70s work, even though relative newbie Timothy B. Schmit (who came on in the late decade) sang lead on the record...

"Love Will Keep Us Alive" spent three weeks at #1 on the Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio format chart in Billboard, but since the song was never released stateside as a commercially available physical single, it was not allowed on the Hot 100.  But the song did gain enough mainstream radio to have it peak just under the pop top-20 in February of 1995. Internationally, the single went to #52 in the UK. After that, the track "Learn To Be Still" was offered to rock radio, where it peaked at #33, while going to #61 on the Hot 100 Airplay list in American, while going to #79 in Germany. In the beginning of 1996 "Love Will Keep Us Alive" was nominated for a Grammy Award for best Pop Duo/Group Vocal Performance, which ultimately went to Hootie & The Blowfish. In 2003 returned with an understand song "Hole In The World", which appeared on their revamped two-disc greatest hits set. It placed at #69 on the pop Hot 100 in America, so far their most recent hit on the Official American Pop Chart, while making it to #5 on the Adult Contemporary radio list and #38 on the Adult Top-40 format tally.

After another rather large break ending in 2005, the band went into the studio to record a proper album. The result, Long Road Out Of Eden, finally appeared in 2007. Two years prior, a track from the set, "No More Cloudy Days", spent a week at #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The next single in 2007, "How Long", went to #23 on the Country Singles chart, and won them a Grammy for Best Country Group Vocal. However it "bubbled under" the pop Hot 100 at #101. The third release from Long Road, "Busy Being Fabulous", went to #28 on the country chart and #12 on AC. That was followed by "What Do I Do With My Heart", which got a step lower at AC at #13. Lastly, "I Don't Want To Hear Anymore" topped out at #23 on the format. The band were going to record another studio record, but despite still touring that idea has been majorly hampered by the death of original member Glenn Frey in 2016.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Disco Dessert 9/11/19 - "In The Forest" from Baby 'O...

"In The Forest" was a club hit for the Los Angeles-based studio group Baby 'O. Appearing on their sole album You've Got It!, the song was written by band keyboardist Gregg Mathieson along with producer Rafael Villafane. The group featured future Toto member Steve Luthaker on guitar, as well as Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney's son Miguel Ferrer on drums. In Billboard magazine's Disco Top 100 chart, the song spent two weeks at #2 and spent 32 weeks on the chart.

Songoftheday 9/11/19 - Hearts gone astray leaving hurt when they go, I went away just when you you need me so...

"Everlasting Love" - Gloria Estefan
from the album Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me (1994)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #27 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from the Cuban-American pop singer Gloria Estefan, who took her remake of the disco classic "Turn The Beat Around" to the pop top 20 in America in the fall of 1994. Even her old band, the Miami Sound Machine, would also score a top-20 dance hit with "Jambala", both appearing in the Sylvester Stallone movie The Specialist. However that would mark the first time a lead single from one of her studio albums would fail to make the top ten here. In the UK, they rushed out a second single from the covers album, a take on Mel Carter's "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me", which just missed the top ten at #11, while making it to #22 in Ireland as well. When the chart run of "Turn the Beat Around" ended in America, they released another disco-fied remake, this time of a song originally released in 1967. "Everlasting Love", written and produced by Buzz Cason and Mac Gayden, was first a success for singer Robert Knight, who took the mid-tempo soul number to #13 on Billboard's Hot 100; seven years later he would reach #19 in the UK with the same record....

Meanwhile, across the pond, the pop/soul band from London, Love Affair, offered their own version of "Everlasting Love" which way oversold Knight's version (which went to #40 there) and would go on and top the British chart in 1968...

In 1974, singer Carl Carlton released a cover of "Everlasting Love", first as a B-side to another single, then on its own, and then in one of the first "disco remix" transformations that would propel the song to the top ten on the American pop chart, peaking at #6 pop/#11 R&B...

Twenty years later, Gloria Estefan's version brought the song to a new generation. And even provided a little history, as a then-pregnant Gloria, who couldn't shimmy around for the video, employed a bunch of drag queens to lip-sync for their lives to the song, including future RuPaul Drag Race winner Raja...

Estefan's version of "Everlasting Love" became her second top-40 pop hit from Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me in March of 1995. The song also climbed to #5 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart. And the remixes of the track (along with the LBGT presence in the music video) helped it be her biggest club hit, spending two weeks at #1 on the Dance chart. Internationally, the single reached the top-40 in Iceland (#12), Canada (#19), the UK (#19), and Australia (#29).

Instead of another club banger, Estefan's next single would be a laid back version of the Carole King classic "It's Too Late". While it went to #31 on the Adult Contemporary list, the record stiffed totally at pop, missing the Hot 100 (it did go to #72 in Canada). After that, a dance record was issued solely for the club, a version of Dr. Buzzard and the Savannah Band's "Cherchez La Femme", which went to #19 on Billboard's Dance Club Play tally.

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