BEHIND THE GROOVES: a music blog by Jeff Harris

On this day in music history: April 5, 1986 - “Kiss” by Prince And The Revolution hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 4 weeks, topping the Hot 100 for 2 weeks on April 19, 1986, and also topping the Club Play chart for 2 weeks on April 12, 1986. Written by Prince, it is the fourth R&B and third pop chart topper for the Minneapolis, MN born singer and musician. The song is initially written for the band Mazarati in the Spring of 1985 when they ask him for material for their first album. Prince will quickly write the song on an acoustic guitar, and recording a demo in equally fast time. Working with producer David Z., they will shape the skeletal demo into a fully formed track. Prince will like what they’ve done so much, that he will sheepishly take the track back, adding his lead vocals and guitar to it, but keeping Mazarati’s background vocals on the finished record. Added to the album “Parade” (the soundtrack for Prince’s second film “Under The Cherry Moon”), Warner Bros will initially have doubts about the minimalist and unusually structured song’s commercial potential. Their fears will be unfounded when it is released as the album’s first single (b/w the non LP B-side ” <3 Or $”) on February 5, 1986, quickly becoming a smash. “Kiss” will win the Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group in 1987, also being nominated for Best R&B Song. The song will also be covered by UK pop band Age Of Chance later in 1986, and by The Art Of Noise w/ Tom Jones in 1988. “Kiss” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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