from the album Coolin' At The Playground Ya Know! (1991)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #9 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 15
Today's song of the day comes from the R&B vocal group Another Bad Creation, five boys in their pre-teen years. Coming from all over the country but landing in Atlanta, home of their producer Dallas Austin, the boys were mentored by New Edition member Michael Bivins, who was himself enjoying a huge success with his Bell Biv Devoe side-project. The quintet had the same drive, moves, and name-checking ability that NE had, but in a younger and more hip-hop vein. Their debut single, "Iesha", was written by Bivins and Austin, and was the first big pop hit that I can recall that sang about a name that was specifically African-American in origin. So Betty, Peggy Sue, and Mary can step aside for some Iesha. And while their voices were still maturing, the song itself was a substantial jam...
"Iesha" became ABC's first top ten pop hit in April of 1991. The single also climbed to #6 on Billboard's R&B chart.
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And here's the Creation performing "Iesha" live on the Rick Dees Open All Night show (not bad doing it live with that dancing)...
Up tomorrow: Triple-threat soul group gives the regional weather forecast.