BEHIND THE GROOVES: a music blog by Jeff Harris

On this day in music history: August 26, 1995 - “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 12 weeks on the same date. Written by Seal , it is the biggest hit for the British born Nigerian/Afro-Brazilian singer, songwriter, and musician. Originally written for his second self-titled album released in 1994, “Kiss From A Rose” is almost left off of the album when Seal and his producer Trevor Horn feel initially that it sounds “too different” from the other songs on the album, planning to drop it from the final track sequence. A friend of Seal’s will hear the song and insist that he include it. When a Warner Bros A&R exec hears “Kiss”, he will play it for Gary LeMel, the president of music for Warner Bros movie division. LeMel will play the song for Batman Forever director Joel Schmacher who loves the song and asks to use it in the film. Entering the Hot 100 at #87 on June 24, 1995, it will climb to the top of the chart nine weeks later. The song will drive sales of both Seal’s second self titled album and the “Batman Forever” soundtrack to multi-platinum status, as well as winning three Grammy Awards including Record and Song Of The Year for 1995. “Kiss From A Rose” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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