from the album I Want You (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #40 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 1
Today's song of the day comes from dance-pop singer Shana Petrone, who released her debut (and so far only) full length album (as just "Shana") at the close of 1989. The title track, "I Want You", written by Steve Gordon, was a Latin freestyle club jam that was sparse on lyrical meat but heavy of entrancing synthesizers. Dance music stations like Hot-97 and WKTU in New York ate it up...
"I Want You" scaled up and down the charts, eventually slipping into the American pop top-40 for a week in January of 1990. The record spent almost six months on the chart (23 weeks), which explains why it may be more familiar than its peak position eludes to.
A second single from I Want You, "You Can't Get Away", was a minor pop hit at #82. The next time America heard Shana, she re-adopted her surname and changed her style to country music (she's from suburban Illinois, so no stretch). She had three charting country singles, with "This Time" almost making the top-40 at #45 in 1999.
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Here's Shana performing at one of the big freestyle reunion shows in Atlantic City in 2010...
...and lastly, as a bonus, Shana Petrone's most recent country hit from 1999, "Something Real" (I'm actually a fan of her country work, it's a shame an album never came of it...
Up tomorrow: Bi-national hard-rock supergroup cashes in the heart.