Saturday, November 05, 2016

Songoftheday 11/5/16 - Ten times or more yes I've walked out that door, get this into your head there'll be no more...

"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)" - New Kids On The Block
from the album New Kids On The Block (1986)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #8 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from the boy-band from Boston, New Kids On The Block, who were at the height of their success in 1989, after their second album Hangin' Tough had spun off five top-10 pop hits in the U.S. with "Please Don't Go Girl", "You Got It (The Right Stuff)", "Cover Girl", and two #1's on "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)" and the title track. Not only was that album selling millions, fans were seeking out their initially-overlooked self-titled debut, which came out in 1986 but failed to land even a minor pop hit (though track "Be My Girl" reached #90 on the R&B list). With radio burning through NKOTB songs faster than the group could produce more, they went back to the debut and pulled their cover of the soul classic "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)". Originally a hit for the soul group the Delfonics, the record (titled "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)") went to #10 on the pop chart and #3 R&B in 1970...


The New Kids version didn't stray far at all from that production, though it did seem to up the tempo a bit...


"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)" continued the quintet's streak of top ten hits in November of 1989. The song also crossed over to become their third and last top-40 R&B hit at #34, while it their second to make Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") radio chart at #12. Internationally, the song went to #36 in Canada, and in the UK and Ireland, where it was the "double-A side" with "Let's Try It Again" in 1990, made the top-10 at #8 and #6 respectively.

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Outrageous soul singer Millie Jackson also released a version of the song from her 1980 live album, and the single went to #49 on the R&B chart...


Aretha Franklin also did an interesting cover on her classic Young, Gifted & Black album in 1972...


... and finally, the studio version produced by Maurice Starr...


Up tomorrow: A post-disco soul Starr breaks free from her band for a solo hit.

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