Throwback Thursday! April 20th, 1986

by Gino on April 20, 2017

in Front Page News,Gino and The Magic Morning Show

The #1 Song on April 20th, 1986 was…

Prince – Kiss

The band Mazarati, who were formed by Prince’s bass player Brown Mark and signed to his Paisley Park record label, asked Prince for a song for their debut album, so he took a break from his Parade sessions and dashed off a minute-long bluesy acoustic demo for them on a mini tape recorder. Mazarati and producer David Z re-worked the song, giving it an irresistible funk groove. When he heard it, Prince was smart enough to take the song right back. He replaced their lead vocal, added the guitar break in the chorus and included it as a last-minute addition to his Parade album.

On the week “Kiss” hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the #2 hit was also a song written by Prince, the Bangles’ “Manic Monday.”

Tom Jones had a hit single (#5 in UK, #31 in the US) when covering this song with Art Of Noise in 1988. Tom Jones’ son, who was also his manager, advised him to cover this Prince track to make him more contemporary.

Prince won the 1986 Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance for this song.

Prince threw in a very ’80s reference in the line, “You don’t have to watch Dynasty to have an attitude.” Dynasty was a popular American TV show that ran from 1981-1989, and featured characters with big egos living lavish lifestyles. The show had a lot of aggressive female characters, which might be why Prince used it in the song.

All Song Facts are from SongFacts.com

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