Monday, April 24, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 4/24/17 - Tony, Toni, Toné's "The Blues"...

"The Blues" - Tony, Toni, Toné
from the album The Revival (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #46

This week's "robbed hit" comes from the soul group Tony, Toni, Toné, who had scored four top ten R&B hits off their debut album, Who?, with one of them, "Little Walter", reaching #1 and almost making the pop top 40 in the summer of 1988. For their sophomore effort, The Revival, brothers Dwayne and Raphael Wiggins and cousin Timothy Riley again enlisted the production team of Foster and McElroy (Club Nouveau and En Vogue) for a couple of the tracks. But the first single from the set, "The Blues" was written and produced by the group themselves. Like "Little Walter", it incorporated old samples (like cribbing the Jackson Five) with the new jack swing groove...

While "The Blues" became the trio's second #1 R&B hit in Billboard, the single stopped just short of the pop top 40 in July of 1990. The 12" remix single also snuck onto the Dance Club Play list at #43. However, the success would set them up for mainstream success with their next release, "Feels Good".

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Here's the group appearing on Letterman to promote the single in 1990...

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