Chart Performance: Pop (#5), R&B (#1) and Adult Contemporary (#3); 1989
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
In 1958 Ed Townsend broke into the music biz with the gorgeous ballad, For Your Love, then later his mark as a premier songwriter (Let’s Get It One) and producer at Motown Records. He also produced David Townsend, who followed in Dad’s musical footsteps, playing guitar and keyboards for Surface. The other two-thirds of Surface were Bernard Jackson, on vocals and bass, and David “Pic” Conley, on sax and drums. After a minor single on Salsoul Records, the New Jersey trio was signed by giant Columbia. Beginning in early 1987, the group reeled off three Top 10 R&B hits followed by three straight #1’s. The second number one, Shower Me With Your Love, was written by Bernard Jackson for a female singer before Townsend and Conley insisted they do it. Jackson friend Brian Simpson played all the basic tracks, then Jackson/Townsend/Conley laid down their parts. The heartfelt ballad also grabbed the hearts of Top 40 fans, who sent it to #5.
This content and all Song Meaning articles were created and written by Top 40 Contributing Editor Ed Osborne. © 2023 Ed Osborne. All Rights Reserved. In addition to these song meaning articles, Ed has written our “Year in Music 1960s-1990s” articles.
- Bernard Jackson
Lyrics Written by:
- David Townsend