There are some songs that make you remember all the good times in your life. They are the backyard barbeque songs, the “Oooh, that’s my jam’ songs, the drop-your-cup-and-run-to-the-dance-floor songs, the songs that made the baby songs, the first-time-I-saw-her-songs and of course, the ‘Baby, I love you’ songs.
A lot of those memorable songs are also hits that went #1 on the charts. On the weekend of October 17th, the Tom Joyner Morning Show will celebrate its favorite #1’s with a special #RemembertheHits TJMS Takeover weekend.
All of these artists will be performing on the 2016 Fantastic Voyage setting sail from Miami on April 23, returning on May 1. You can listen along via the stream or on the Tom Joyner Morning Show app.
Here are the stories behind some of the #1’s.
Con Funk Shun – Ffun (1978)
The Southern California based group hit in 1978 with this song off their album Secrets. It went #1 R&B in January 1978 and peaked at #23 on the pop chart.
Dazz Band – Let It Whip (1982)
“Let It Whip” was the Cleveland Ohio-based group’s biggest hit, off their album Keep It Live going to #1 R&B, #5 Dance and #5 Pop in 1982. The group won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance By A Group or Duo With Vocals in 1983. It’s gotten new life in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and was sampled by Justin Timberlake for his huge 2003 hit Cry Me A River.
Gap Band – Outstanding (1983)
Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Gap Band, comprised of Charlie, Ronnie and Robert Wilson scored a #1 R&B hit with this mid-tempo song off their classic album Gap Band IV. The song is one of the most sampled in R&B and hip-hop, forming the basis of songs recorded by everyone from Ashanti to Mary J. Blige to Madonna to Redman and more.
Big Daddy Kane – Smooth Operator (1989)
One of Brooklyn-born rapper Big Daddy Kane’s biggest hits, “Smooth Operator” off his second album It’s A Big Daddy Thing. went to #1 on the Rap chart in 1989, solidifying the rapper as hip-hop’s then biggest star. Comedian Chris Rock is in the video, as is Al B. Sure.
Christopher Williams – I’m Dreaming (1991)
Bronx-born Christopher Williams’ only #1 hit, it was on the New Jack City soundtrack, the 1991 movie classic that he also starred in with Wesley Snipes.