"Mercedes Boy" - Pebbles
from the album Pebbles (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #2 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11
Today's Song of the Day comes from dance-pop singer Perri "Pebbles" Reid, whose debut single "Girlfriend" landed her an out-of-the-box #1 R&B/top 5 pop hit. Her follow-up, the mid-tempo jam "Mercedes Boy", was written by the artist and produced by Charlie Wilson from the Gap Band. Seemingly comparing her privates to a luxury car, she's asking to be your Uber. Trying to grasp on to the then-hot "freestyle" genre, they slapped two "background singers" for her video...
"Mercedes Boy" climbed to the runner-up spot on the American pop chart in July of 1988, while becoming her second in a row to hit #1 on Billboard's R&B chart. The extended version also went to #2 on their Dance Club Play list. Internationally, the single just missed the top-40 at #42 in the UK, while reaching #14 in Canada and #39 in the Netherlands.
(Click below to see the rest of the post)
Here's the extended version that climbed to #2 on the dance chart...
...and finally, Pebbles performing live at the Apollo in 1988...
Up tomorrow: Aussie modern rockers sit beneath the stars.