Saturday, February 25, 2017

Songoftheday 2/25/17 - I started my life in an old, cold, rundown tenement slum...

"Love Child" - Sweet Sensation
from the album Love Child (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #13 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10

Today's song of the day comes from the Latin freestyle dance-music trio Sweet Sensation, whose debut album Take It While It's Hot scored them a pair of top-40 pop hits with "Sincerely Yours" and "Hooked On You". In 1990, with new member Sheila Vega replacing Mari Hernandez (sister Margie stayed on with lead singer Betty Lebron), they released their sophomore effort Love Child. It was named for the cover of the classic Diana Ross and the Supremes song from 1968 that the trio covered as the first single. "Love Child", written by the Motown stable of songwriters R Dean Taylor, Frank Wilson, Deke Richards, and Pam Sawyer, marked the lyrical deepening on that label's premiere female vocal act, and a return to #1 for Diana, Cindy, and Mary (although the latter two weren't on the studio recording, but rather the Andantes)...


It was daring in 1968 to sing about the consequences of youthful sex, especially before marriage, and it was just as appropriate for kids to hear about in the start of the 1990s...


Sweet Sensation's cover of "Love Child" became their third top-40 pop hit in May of 1990. The 12" remix climbed to #15 on Billboard's dance chart (their final appearance there).

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Here's the trio performing the song on Live At The Apollo in 1990...


Besides Sweet Sensation, many other artists covered "Love Child". Canadian dance-pop act One To One went to #43 in their homeland chart with their version in 1989...


In 1994, Janet Jackson interpolated the original "Love Child" into her single "You Want This", which went to #8 on the pop chart/#9 R&B...


Back to the girls on the Rick Dees late night show..


Up tomorrow: A "foreign" singer has a colourful romance.

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