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This song peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987. It's about a guy who falls into a complicated relationship with a girl he thinks he loves. He is trying to figure out if she loves him in return, though it should be obvious that she does.
For many of us it was our first introduction to this band, and pretty much the last we ever heard from them, but this song is actually from their EIGHTEENTH ALBUM.
The band was formed in 1963 in Watts, California. After being invited to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1966 by Sly Stone, the group relocated to that area where they began developing a reputation as a show-stopping live act. Band member Walter Scott was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War during that period for eighteen months, returning to the group in 1969 after discharge.
The group scored many hits on the R&B and Billboard Hot 100 charts throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and they hit #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1979/80 with "And the Beat Goes On / "Can You Do the Boogie" / "Out the Box".
In 1987, they enjoyed a brief moment in the sun when today’s song became their first Top 10 hit on the Hot 100, reaching #7, while also capturing the #1 spot on the R&B chart.
This was written and produced by the team of L.A. Reid and Babyface. It was one of the first songs the pair worked on for another artist. In 1989, they formed LaFace Records and became music moguls as well as hit producers. TLC, OutKast and P!nk were all signed to LaFace Records.
After the success of today’s song, and a fantastic R&B career, this group later established their own production company and went on to open Game 2 of the 1989 World Series at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum with their rendition of the National Anthem.
Sadly, one member left the group in 1992 due to prostate cancer. The group, formerly a quintet, vowed to never replace him and started performing as a quartet.
In 1993 another member resigned in order to spend more time with his family. Another member later passed away from congestive heart failure.
But their legacy lives on because In 2014, The Whispers were inducted into The Official R&B Music Hall of Fame.
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