Peak UK Chart Position: #7 in February 1990.
Not many to look at today, but here are January 30th’s birthdays:
- Jody Watley – born Jody Vanessa Watley, in Chicago, Illinois, United States – singer/songwriter/record producer/pianist, turns 58 today (“Looking For A New Love” UK #13/US #2 in 1987, “Friends” with Eric B & Rakim UK #21/US #9 in 1989; with Shalamar: “A Night To Remember” and “There It Is” both UK #5 in 1982)
- Kid Cudi – born Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, in Cleveland, Ohio, United States – actor/model/singer/songwriter/record producer/guitarist/music video director/film composer, is 33 today (“Day ‘N’ Nite” UK #2/US #3 in 2008/9; with David Guetta: “Memories” UK #15 in 2010)
Happy birthday also to Phil Collins – born Philip Charles David Collins, in Chiswick, London, England – who celebrates his 66th birthday today. Estimated figures for total record sales stand at 150 million as a solo artist, and 100 million as a member of Genesis, and to date he has won seven Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, an Academy Award, and a Disney Legend Award. Genesis scored eight top ten hits in the UK, with their biggest being 1983’s “Mama”, and elsewhere he has notched up thirteen top ten singles with three hitting the top spot: “You Can’t Hurry Love” in 1982, “Easy Lover” (with Philip Bailey) in 1985, and “A Groovy Kind Of Love” in 1988. This year, he will be on the road with his “Not Dead Yet Tour” (named after his autobiography), visiting London, Cologne, Paris, and Dublin throughout June.
“I Wish It Would Rain Down” is taken from his 1989 album “…But Seriously” and features Eric Clapton on lead guitar. It peaked at number three in America, topped the charts in Canada and Poland, and has a music video/mini-film that stands at 8 minutes 30 seconds in duration. Here, though, is a very darkly-lit three-minute Top of the Pops performance broadcast on January 26th 1990, introduced by Jakki Brambles.