Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 12th 1978, "The Closer I Get To You" by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway entered Billboard's Hot top 100 chart at position #86; and on May 7th it peaked at #2 (for 2 weeks) and spent 20 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 8 of those 20 weeks it was on the Top 10)... And on March 26th, 1978 it reached #1 (for 2 weeks) on the Billboard's R&B Singles chart... The first week it was at #2, the #1 record was "If I Can't Have You" by Yvonne Elliman; and for the 2nd week it was "With A Little Luck" by Wings that was in the top spot... The second week "The Closer I Get To You" was at #2; Ms. Flack entered the Top 100 at #87 with "If Ever I See You Again" (eventually it would peak at #24)... R.I.P. Mr. Hathaway (1945 - 1979) and Ms. Flack celebrated her 75th birthday two days ago on February 10th (2014).
Matt from Boston, MaI love hard rock and, for the most part, I hate love songs. That being said, every time I hear this song, and also "Where is the love?", the window in the car goes up and I sing like Donnie Hathaway (alright, probably not). This is just one of those songs that crosses all boundaries. That is the sign of a great song. What a shame a great voice like Hathaway left us so soon.
John from Nashville, TnBefore writing this classic, percussionist James Mtume and guitarist Reggie Lucas were popular session musicians who were band members of jazz superstar Miles Davis during the mid-1970s. The team went on to produce three gold albums for Stephanie Mills (as well as her only top 10 pop hit "Never Knew love Like This Before"). Lucas went on to produce the majority of Madonna's first album, while Mtume scored a gold record with the sexually-charged "Juicy Fruit".
Until December 5, 1998, a song had to be issued as a single to make the Hot 100. Aaliyah's "Try Again" was the first tune to top the chart based on airplay alone, without any sales figures being included.
"Here Comes Your Man" is the closest the Pixies came to a hit in America. It was rumored to be about a drug dealer, but Black Francis says it's just a story about some hobos who travel by train and die in an earthquake.