This week in 1988

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - LIFESTYLE -

1 First Time Robin Beck

2 Stand Up For Your Love Rights Yazz

3 Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi Kylie Minogue

4 Need You Tonight INXS

5 Orinoco Flow Enya

6 He Ain’t No Com­pe­ti­tion Brother Be­yond

7 Girl You Know It’s True Milli Vanilli

8 Miss­ing You Chris de Burgh

9 She Makes My Day Robert Palmer

10 Real Gone Kid Dea­con Blue

Power bal­lad ‘First Time’ was orig­i­nally writ­ten for a Coca-Cola ad in 1987. It gave New York singer Robin Beck her one and only UK chart hit the fol­low­ing year, spend­ing 14 weeks in the charts - three of them at num­ber one. It was also a No 1 hit in Ire­land and a num­ber of other Euro­pean coun­tries. Beck’s chart break­through came af­ter some years as a back­ing singer with the likes of Cher, Chaka Khan and Leo Sayer, but she was also a sea­soned solo record­ing artist, hav­ing re­leased her first al­bum in 1979. In the UK, Beck failed to cap­i­talise on the suc­cess of ‘First Time’: next sin­gle ‘Save Up All Your Tears’ peaked at num­ber 84 in the charts and sub­se­quent re­leases have not made an ap­pear­ance in the top 100.

Robin Beck: first and only time at num­ber one.

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