Monday, November 21, 2016

Robbed hit of the week 11/21/16 - Christopher Williams' "Talk To Myself"...

"Talk To Myself" - Christopher Williams
from the album Adventures In Paradise (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #49

This week's "robbed hit" comes from R&B singer Christopher Williams, who hails from the Bronx and released his debut album Adventures in Paradise right at the beginning of the "new-jack-swing" style phenomenon. With a growling voice like Keith Sweat, it was easy to mistake that artist for the singer on Williams' debut single "Talk To Myself", written by Timmy Gatling of the band Guy and Alton Stewart...

While "Talk To Myself" became Willliams' first top-ten R&B hit at #4, the song stopped short at about the halfway mark on the American pop Hot 100 in October of 1989. The 12" remix made it to #18. It would be his highest rank on the pop chart, though he followed this song with another soul top-tenner, "Promises, Promises" (#7). In 1991, Christopher acted in the movie New Jack City, and his contribution to its soundtrack, "I'm Dreamin'", ended up going all the way to #1 on Billboard's R&B chart, while slipping into the pop list at #89. That song also appeared on the CD versions of his sophomore effort, Changes, in 1992. Another track from the record, "Every Little Thing U Do", scored him his most recent top ten R&B hit at #7 and pop chart appearance at #75. A year later, a third album emerged, with a top-40 R&B single in "Dance 4 Me" (#25). The follow-up, "If You Say", was his most recent R&B chart appearance at #91. Meanwhile, besides his acting career, he's been in the public eye with his relationships, both good (Halle Berry) and bad (Clueless actress turned right-wing shill Stacey Dash).

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