Song: “Seasons Change” by Exposé
Reached #1: February 20, 1988 (their first, 1 week)
The group we all heard as Exposé in 1988 isn’t the group that started in 1984.
They started in Miami as X-Posed – with three women you haven’t heard of as the singers. This lineup, renamed Exposé, released “Point of No Return” in 1985 as a local dance single. You also haven’t heard this version, probably.
In 1986, the original group was either fired or quit, depending on whose version you believe. They went on to be part of the Will To Power album in 1988. The new lineup, featuring the three women seen in the video, re-recorded “Point of No Return” and went on to complete the Exposure album. And it’s that lineup that has pretty much been Exposé ever since. There was one change as one of the singers developed a node on her vocal cord and was replaced in the early ‘90s, and the group took most of the ‘90s and early ‘00s off, but the 1986 lineup is the one doing reunion shows today. They have even kept open the possibility of doing shows with a four-woman lineup including the replacement singer from the ‘90s.
Of course, if they hadn’t had to sue their producers and record label for a fair cut of the profits, you wonder if they’d have made it past Exposure. Artists being cheated by their producers and/or labels… hmm… that never happens… tell me again why we should trust the record industry?
So I guess today’s moral is that seasons may change, but a successful music group lineup can last a long, long time…
See you tomorrow for a crossover country star, known for her big… voice, and one of her best-known pop hits…
Other songs that reached #1 on February 20:
1965 – “This Diamond Ring” by Gary Lewis and the Playboys (their first, 2 weeks)