from the album Refugees Of The Heart (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #18 (two weeks)
Weeks in the Top-40: 9
Today's song of the day comes from British soul-rock singer and keyboardist Steve Winwood, who's 1988 album Roll With It rewarded him with his biggest pop hit in America with the title track, along with two more top-40 hits with "Don't You Know What The Night Can Do?" and "Holding On". (Another track from the album, "Hearts On Fire", peaked at #53 while reaching the top-30 on the rock and easy listening charts.) In 1990, Steve released his sixth solo album Refugees Of The Heart, which he produced himself and co-wrote all the songs on. The first single, "One and Only Man", reunited Winwood with his former Traffic bandmate Jim Capaldi, who wrote the song with him and played drums on four tracks of the album....
"One and Only Man" became Winwood's tenth and so far final top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in December of 1990. The song also granted the singer his fourth #1 single on the Mainstream Rock radio chart in Billboard, while crossing over to #9 on their Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") list. Internationally, the track climbed to #5 in Canada, but was only a minor hit at #87 in his native Britain. A second single from the set, "Another Deal Goes Down", went to #10 on the Mainstream Rock chart, while another, "I Will Be Here", slipped on to the Adult Contemporary tally at #40.
With the rock radio success of "One and Only Man", Winwood and Capaldi collaborated again, this time for a full album under the Traffic name, Far From Home, in 1994. A song from it, "Here Comes A Man", went to #10 on the American Mainstream Rock chart. Three years later, Steve emerged with another solo studio album, Junction Seven, but it only sported a minor hit in Britain, "Spy In The House Of Love" (#82), but did land in the lower half of the albums chart. He's released a couple more records since then, most recently in 2008 with Nine Lives, which peaked at a respectable #12 on the American albums chart.
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Here's Steve appearing live in concert in Japan...
Up tomorrow: One of most notorious music videos in history from a woman known for her power to shock.