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On this day in music history: October 19, 1979 - “Prince”, the second album by Prince released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at Alpha Studios in Burbank, CA and Hollywood Sound in Hollywood, CA from April - June 1979. Recorded in just seven weeks, the new album (like his debut) features the artist playing virtually all of the instruments himself. Prince will feel some pressure from Warner Bros to have a hit after spending three times the allotted budget on his first album “For You” which only sells modestly. Any fears of a sophomore slump will be quickly vanquished upon its release. It will spin off three singles including “Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad” (#13 R&B), “Still Waiting” (#65 R&B), and the classic “I Wanna Be Your Lover” (#1 R&B, #11 Pop), which will become Prince’s first million selling single and first pop crossover success. “Prince” will peak at number three on the Billboard R&B album chart, number twenty two on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: October 17, 1987 - “Lost In Emotion” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the R&B singles chart for 1 week on October 3, 1987. Written and produced by Full Force, it is the second chart topping single for the R&B/Freestyle group from New York, NY. Fresh off the success of their 1985 Platinum selling debut, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam will return to the studio with Full Force to work on their sophomore release “Spanish Fly”. It will quickly hit paydirt with the album’s  Motown influenced first single “Head To Toe”, topping the pop and R&B singles charts in June of 1987. While writing songs for the groups’ second album, Full Force will take inspiration from “The Motown Sound” again when the band are listening to Mary Wells’ greatest hits album. The song that will become “Lost In Emotion” will be inspired by Wells’ hits “Two Lovers” and “You Beat Me To The Punch”. The songs’ retro feel combined with Lisa Lisa’s sweet voice will prove just as irresistible as its predecessor to fans and radio, when it is released as a single in July of 1987. Entering the Hot 100 at #76 on August 1, 1987, it will climb to the top of the chart eleven weeks later. “Lost In Emotion” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: October 17, 1987 - “Bad” by Michael Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 3 weeks, also topping the Hot 100 for 2 weeks on October 24, 1987. Written by Michael Jackson, it is the seventh R&B  and pop (eleventh overall) chart topper for “The King Of Pop. The title track from Michael Jackson’s seventh album is originally conceived as a duet between the pop superstar and Prince. Portrayed as fierce rivals in the mainstream media, Jackson and producer Quincy Jones will conceive the idea of the two megastars collaborating together. Jones will contact Prince about the idea, but will decline the invitation, feeling the song will be a hit without him. The single features a number musicians that have played on previous Michael Jackson albums including Greg Phillinganes, Michael Boddicker (synthesizers), John Robinson (drums), David Williams (guitar), Jerry Hey, Gary Grant (trumpets), Kim Hutchcroft, Larry Williams (saxophones) and Paulinho Da Costa (percussion) Veteran jazz organist Jimmy Smith will add the crowning touch to the track, playing the Hammond B-3 organ solo on the track. The song will also be backed by an elaborate eighteen minute long short film directed by Martin Scorsese, debuting in a half hour long special on CBS on the albums’ release date of August 31, 1987. The film also features one of the first appearances by a then unknown actor named Wesley Snipes. Released as the second single on September 7, 1987, it will be another immediate smash. “Bad” will parodied by comedian “Weird Al” Yankovic in 1988 as “Fat”, even parodying Jackson’s short film which will win Yankovic a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Video in 1989. The video will be parodied a second time for the anthology film “Moonwalker” in 1988. Titled “Badder”, the clip will feature child actors and dancers filling the roles originally played by Jackson and the other cast in the original.

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On this day in music history: October 17, 1988 - “Giving You The Best That I Got”, the third album by Anita Baker is released. Produced by Michael J. Powell, it is recorded at Encore Studios in Burbank, CA, Yamaha International Recording in Glendale, CA, Sound Suite Studio, Gnome Studios in Los Angeles, CA, Hitsville Studios in Hollywood, CA, and TMF Studios in New York City from Late 1987 - Mid 1988. Issued as the follow up to her multi-platinum, Grammy winning breakthrough “Rapture”, Baker’s label Elektra Records will pressure the singer to hand the album in by a certain date when they feel she is taking an excessive amount of time mixing the record. Her then manager Sherwin Bash will take early mixdown reels from the studio with the intent of giving them to the label for manufacture. When Baker finds out, she will order that the tapes be returned immediately and destroyed. When the album is finally mixed to her satisfaction, the master tapes are turned in to Elektra. It will be a huge critical and commercial success upon its release, spinning off three singles including “Just Because” (#1 R&B, #14 Pop) and the title track (#1 R&B, #3 Pop). It will also win Baker three Grammy Awards including her second wins for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female in 1989. “Giving You The Best That I Got” will spend eight weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, four weeks at the top of the Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.