"Nail It To The Wall" - Stacy Lattisaw
from the album Take Me All The Way (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #48
This week's "robbed hit" comes from R&B singer Stacy Lattisaw, who showed her talent at an early age as she landed her first hit record at the age of thirteen. In 1983, she scored a top-40 pop hit with the ballad "Miracles". After a couple albums (one with future New Edition member Johnny Gill) that were a bit less successful, Stacy reappeared in 1986 with a more grown-up attitude like Janet Jackson's transformation. The first single from her tongue-in-cheek-titled Take Me All The Way was also a little play on words, "Nail It To The Wall". Co-written by Stephen Lunt (who co-wrote Cyndi Lauper's "Goonies R Good Enough") with Arnie Roman, the proto-new-jack song sounded more current for the then-20-year-old...
While "Nail It To The Wall" was a big club hit, peaking at #2 on the dance chart in Billboard, and also an R&B smash, landing at #4, the single stopped short of the pop top-40 in November of 1986. The record also was a minor hit in Britain, coming in at #76. A second single from the album, "Jump Into My Life", also went top-5 on the dance chart, but "Nail" would be her last pop success.
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And here's the dance remix from "Jellybean" Benitez that almost topped the club chart...