Peak UK Chart Position: #2 in October 1993.
Mike Pickering was a former DJ at the Hacienda, who went on to work for the legendary Factory records before forming M People. Joined by Paul Heard, vocalist Heather Small, and percussionist Shovell, they notched up an impressive ten top ten singles over an eight-year chart career.
“How Can I Love You More?” was their first chart success, only managing number 29 late in 1991 in its original (and far superior) form – but became their first top ten success in 1993, courtesy of a remix by Sasha, after three other low-charting singles. This then catapulted them into the big league, with “One Night In Heaven” getting to number six, and “Moving On Up” doing just that on this day in 1993, and climbing to number two.
They twice won a BRIT Award for best dance act, in 1994 and in 1995. 1998 saw their (first) greatest hits compilation released, “The Best of M People”, which peaked at number two and sold 1.75 million copies. “Moving On Up” was indeed their biggest hit, selling over 550.000 copies and becoming the 36th best selling single of 1993. Here’s a live performance of the song taken from an M People ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ special in 1998.