The Epic 2017 Project #043: 170212
Introducing the hardline according to Terence Trent D’Arby (1987)
Released in July 1987 on Columbia Records, Mr D’Arby’s debut became an instant number one smash in the UK, spending a total of nine weeks (non-consecutively) at the top of the UK Albums Chart. It was eventually certified 5 x Platinum (for sales of 1.5 million copies). Worldwide, the album sold a million copies within the first three days of going on sale. Success was slower in the U.S though. Released there in October 1987, it eventually peaked at number four on May 7, 1988 – the same week that the single “Wishing Well” hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Other singles from the album included “If You Let Me Stay”, which was a top ten hit in the UK, and “Sign Your Name”, which reached #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #2 in the UK. A fourth single, “Dance, Little Sister”, reached the UK Top 20 as well.
I bought the album on vinyl when it first came out in the UK, primarily because it’s release was just 5 months after my eldest daughter’s birth – her first summer – and ‘If you all get to heaven’ was a song I just couldn’t get out of my head. Still can’t.