Monday, February 08, 2016

Songoftheday 2/8/16 - We started out as friends but the thought of you just caves me in, the symptoms are so deep it is much too late to turn away...


"Sign Your Name" - Terence Trent D'Arby
from the album Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby (1987)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #4 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 13

Today's song of the day comes from R&B singer Terence Trent D'Arby, who after getting a head start in Britain, crossed back to his country of birth with the 'tone poem' "Wishing Well", which went to #1 on the American pop chart. He followed that up with a more traditional lite-jazz soul song in the matter of Sade and Anita Baker channeled through James Brown, "Sign Your Name". Written by Terence, the moody song sweeps along in a bossa-nova-style rhythm as his pleas for love don't seem to get noticed...


Terence Trent D'Arby - Sign Your Name by Jazzi801

"Sign Your Name" became D'Arby's second American top-ten pop hit in August of 1988. The single also peaked at #2 on Billboard's R&B chart, while it stopped at #13 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio list. The extended version went to #23 on the Dance Club Play chart as well. Internationally, "Sign Your Name" topped the chart in Ireland, reached the runner-up spot in the UK and the Netherlands, and got into the top ten in Canada (#5), Austria (#7), Spain (#4), Sweden (#4), and Switzerland (#8).

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Here's D'arby performing live promoting the single...


...and from another appearance in 1990...


In 2010, Sheryl Crow covered the song with a little help from Justin Timberlake, and went to #18 on Billboard's Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) rock chart...


...and lastly, back to D'Arby (now Sananda Maitreya) in concert in 1995...


Up tomorrow: A seaside singer has some shades of romance.

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