Chart Performance: Pop (#7), R&B (#3), and Adult Contemporary (#28); 1989
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
When Bobby Brown’s sophomore solo album, Don’t Be Cruel, hit #1 in early 1989, its sales run was still far from over. The climb to seven times platinum had begun the previous summer when the title track leapt to #1 on the R&B singles chart and crossed over to #8 on the pop list. My Prerogative matched Cruel‘s R&B peak, then topped the Hot 100, as well. Extending Bobby’s hitmaking streak into 1989 was Roni, which posted #2 R&B and #3 pop peaks. Every Little Step made it three R&B chart toppers from Cruel, and a second #3 record on the pop side. On Our Own, from the soundtrack of Ghostbusters II, briefly interrupted Cruel‘s onslaught of hit singles, going to #1 R&B and #2 pop. The fifth and final track from the album was Rock Wit’cha, penned by the multi-talented Babyface and Daryl Simmons. Amazingly (or maybe not), Bobby and his producing/songwriting team were nominated for only three Grammies for their work for on Don’t Be Cruel, all of which they won.
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- L.A. Reid
Lyrics Written by:
- L.A. Reid
- Daryl Simmons