"(You're My One And Only) True Love" - Seduction
from the album Nothing Matters Without Love (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #23 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 8
Today's song of the day comes from the dance act Seduction, which was originally a studio creation of producers and remixers Rob Clivilles and David Cole, who would eventually go on to form their own act in the C + C Music Factory. With Carol Cooper providing vocals, their 12" single "Seduction" both gave a name to the act and the first club hit, reaching #17 on Billboard's Dance Club Play chart (it also spent a couple of weeks on the British chart, peaking at #87). With this success, they put together a second single, this time more mainstream pop-inflected, and with former "Weather Girls" ("It's Raining Men") singer Martha Wash singing. "(You're My One and Only) True Love", co-written by Clivilles and Cole along with future C+C member Freedom Williams, took ahold at radio, and the producers, like Milli Vanilli, sought a group to represent the single visually, while taking a step farther to become a singing unit of their own to make a record with. New Yorkers Michelle Visage, April Harris, and Idalis DeLeon were hired on to form "Seduction" as what appeared on the album cover and in the video, lipsynching for their lives to Martha's vocal track, which admittedly was so lowkey (for her) that it was easy to not notice...
"...True Love" became Seduction's first top-40 pop hit in October of 1989. The single also climbed to #56 on Billboard's R&B chart. The 12" remix single went to #3 on the Dance Club Play list. It was also a minor hit in the UK, spending a week on the chart at #92.
The song eventually would stir controversy when Wash sued the producers for credit on tracks they used her for from this one to "Gonna Make You Sweat" by the C+C Music Factory.
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Here's the 12" extended mix that made the top-3 on the dance chart, with a rap included by co-writer Freedom Williams...
...and the alternate New York House Mix...
Up tomorrow: Another freestyle trio stops to take a gander.