Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Songoftheday 4/19/17 - I want to pull down the shades and the lights and do what I want to do to hear it girl...

"Make You Sweat" - Keith Sweat
from the album I'll Give All My Love To You (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #14 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from R&B singer Keith Sweat, who had one of the first big pop hits in the new jack swing genre with "I Want Her" in the spring of 1988. Although that debut album Make It Last Forever ended up placing four singles in the top ten of Billboard's R&B chart, none besides that first one would make the top-40 (the ballad duet title track with Jacqui McGhee came the closest, reaching #59 while going to #2 on the R&B list).

In 1990, Sweat released his sophomore effort, I'll Give All My Love To You. The lead track is another bouncy new jack number, "Make You Sweat", which not only punned his moniker but also provided the necessary come-on to get back on the dance floor. Written by Sweat with Timothy Gatling and Bobby Wooten and produced by Sweat himself, it grooved him back onto the pop charts in no time...

"Make You Sweat" became Keith's second top-40 pop hit in August of 1990. The single was also his second after "I Want Her" to top the R&B chart as well. The 12" remixes of the track climbed to #5 on Billboard's Dance Club Play, by far his biggest hit there. Internationally, the song was only a minor hit in the Netherlands (#86) and missed the British chart altogether.

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Here's one of the remixes that made the top-5 on the club chart, this one from future "Fatboy Slim", Norman Cook...

And finally, Keith appearing on Soul Train...

Up tomorrow: Rough and tumble glam-metal boys hate bad goodbyes.

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