Monday, July 10, 2017

Robbed hit of the week 7/10/17 - Al B. Sure!'s "Missunderstanding"...

"Missunderstanding" - Al B. Sure!
from the album Private Times...and the Whole 9! (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #42

This week's "robbed hit" comes from R&B singer Al B. Sure!, whose debut album In Effect Mode sold over three million copies, and spun off four top-3 R&B singles, with one of them, "Nite and Day", reaching the top-10 on the American pop chart in the summer of 1988. In 1990, after appearing on uber-producer Quincy Jones' luscious top-40 pop/#1 R&B hit "The Secret Garden", Al came back with his sophomore effort, Private Times...and the Whole 9!. The first single from the set was an uptempo new-jack-swing style record, "Missunderstanding". Written by the singer with DJ/produer Eddie F and Maurice Hodge, urban radio was all over this return, which was co-produced by Devante Swing, who would go on to join the R&B group Jodeci...

While "Missunderstanding" became Al B. Sure!'s third #1 R&B hit in Billboard magazine, the single stopped only a couple notches short of the pop top-40 in November of 1990. Down Under, the song climbed to #30 in New Zealand. His second single from Private Times, "No Matter What You Do", brought out the big guns in a duet with Diana Ross, but while the song made it to #4 on the R&B chart, it missed the pop list entirely, as did third single "Had Enuf?" (#28 R&B).

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Here's Al appearing on Club MTV to promote the single...

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