from the album Swingin' (1990)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #31 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 5
Today's song of the day comes from the dance-pop singer Dino, whose sophomore effort Swingin' had given him the highest-charting pop hit of his career with "Romeo" in the fall of 1990. The follow-up single would be a remake of a minor R&B hit for another one-named singer. "Gentle", written by Gerald Mims, was first released by Ohio native Frederick, who went to #48 on Billboard's R&B chart and "bubbled under" the pop Hot 100 at #108 in 1985. Dino's version would add prominent backing vocals from Delona Tanner...
"Gentle" became Dino's fourth top-40 pop hit in the U.S. in January of 1991. The single also climbed to #31 on Billboard's R&B chart, his last showing at that format.
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Here's the original from Frederick (with female vocals from Janice Dowlen) that hit the R&B chart in 1985...
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