Friday, May 19, 2017

Songoftheday 5/19/17 - We had a life we had a love, but you don't know what you've got 'til you lose it...

"Something Happened On The Way To Heaven" - Phil Collins
from the album ...But Seriously (1989)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #4 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 12

Today's song of the day comes from Phil Collins, whose ...But Seriously album had already spun off three huge pop hits in America with "Do You Remember?", "I Wish It Would Rain Down", and the #1 Grammy-winning "Another Day In Paradise". All three of those were rather maudlin, fitting with the album's title, but for the fourth release Phil picked up the mood with the horn-embellished "Something Happened On The Way To Heaven". Even though the lyrics were rather apologetic, the sonic change in pace made for one of his more toe-tapping selections from the set, and radio was big on this, even if his fans had already bought the album already for the single to get a huge turnout. The fun video was partly meant to be seen through the eyes of a scrappy dog who invades a studio Phil is working at...


"Something Happened..." became the fourth top-5 pop hit from ...But Seriously in October of 1990. To this date it's his most recent to reach the top ten in the U.S. The single also climbed to #2 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart, while it made it to #34 on their Mainstream Rock radio list. Internationally, the record reached the top ten in the Netherlands (#5), Ireland (#8), and Finland (#9), while making the top-40 in Italy (#20), Germany (#26), Switzerland (#26), France (#35), and his native Britain, where as the third single got to #15.

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Here's Phil on his tour in 1990 in Berlin...


 And again performing the hit in Paris in 1997...


In 2003, Canadian pop/dance singer Deborah Cox covered "Something Happened..." and a dancefloor-filling dramatic club anthem , and climbed all the way to #1 for an amazing eleven weeks on Billboard's Dance Airplay chart, and slipped on to the pop Hot 100 at #95...


And lastly, back to Phil on his First Farewell tour again in Paris in 2004, jamming on the drums before breaking into the song...


Up tomorrow: Lordy, Lord says this New Editioner.

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