behindthegrooves:

On this day in music history: April 15, 1989 - “Every Little Step” by Bobby Brown hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, and will also peak at #3 on the Hot 100 on June 10, 1989. Written and produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface, it is the fourth R&B chart topper for the Boston, MA born R&B singer. The uptempo new jack swing flavored “Step” is originally intended for Babyface’s “Tender Lover” album which is being recorded at the same time as Brown’s second solo album, but is given to Brown at the last minute to fill out his album. Issued as the fourth single from “Don’t Be Cruel”, it is another major smash. When the song is released, MCA will included remixed and edited versions of the song. The B-side will include rap verses in the breakdown (rumored to have been written by Smooth B of the rap duo Nice & Smooth, but not credited) will become an airplay favorite as well is being used in the video. The single will win Brown a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male in 1990. “Every Little Step” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.