"One Moment In Time" - Whitney Houston
from the album 1988 Summer Olympics Album (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #5 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 11
Today's song of the day comes from the late pop superstar Whitney Houston, whose second album Whitney had been a massive success, spinning off four #1 hits in America with "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)", "Didn't We Almost Have It All", "So Emotional", and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go", along with a #1 dance hit "Love Will Save The Day". While she was touring, she contributed a song to an album released to mark the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea (and also to keep her image fresh on mainstream radio). That track, "One Moment In Time", was the first song specifically meant to promote the Olympics in a truly grand big-budget style (in contrast, the 1984 Games had the minor hit "Olympia" from Sergio Mendes). Written by Albert Hammond and John Bettis, the power-ballad pulled all the vocal stops, and Narada Michael Walden's production is far from his electro-soul he had success with for Aretha and Natalie...
"One Moment In Time" made the top-5 on the American pop chart in November of 1988. The single went all the way to #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart for two weeks, while it stopped at #22 on their R&B chart. Internationally, the song topped the charts in the UK and Germany, #2 in Ireland, and #3 in Norway, Sweden, and Belgium.
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Here's Whitney performing "One Moment In Time" live for TV in 1990...
Up tomorrow: A continental rock band is a bit gullible.