Peak UK Chart Position: #4 in February 1990.

A chart with a lot of sizeable climbers on this day in 1990, the biggest being up 23 places to number nine for Philadelphia-born Lonnie Gordon. She featured with a variety of different dance acts, and continued that theme through her three UK hits – the Stock Aitken Waterman produced “Happenin’ All Over Again”, the Black Box-produced “Gonna Catch You” in 1991 (with the vocal later re-used on a mash-up with George Morel’s “Let’s Groove” to big club success), and “Love Eviction” with Quartz Lock (originally recorded in 1988 and remixed/re-released in 1995). She is still involved in music, and clearly keeps busy – with her Twitter bio billing her as: “Singer, Performer, Recording Artist, Actress, Painter and Vocal Coach”.

Quick facts:

  • The song “Happenin’ All Over Again” was written by SAW for Donna Summer, but due to a fall out between them was never recorded.
  • It was covered in 1998 by Coronation Street actress Tracy Shaw, reaching a mediocre number 46.
  • The single saw it’s biggest mainstream chart placing in Ireland, where it got to number three.
  • It was also an American club chart topper in 1993 (on what is known as the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts), although the version heard in the UK was never released in the US.

Top of the Pops on February 2nd 1990 – a Friday edition due to the Commonwealth Games – saw Bruno Brookes hosting, and Lonnie opened the show. Also in the studio that evening: Wrecks-N-Effect, And Why Not?, Sybil, House Of Love, and Technotronic. Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” was number one.

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