Song: “Kyrie” by Mr. Mister
Reached #1: March 1, 1986 (their second, 2 weeks)
Mr. Mister deserved a better fate.
Their two hits came from their second album, Welcome To The Real World. “Broken Wings” came first, then this track, both of which are in permanent rotation on my iPod.
Thing is, their third single, “Is This Love”, is just as good – but almost nobody remembers it, even though it was a Top Ten single. I think it’s another case of an abrupt tone shift making a band less commercial – after the ballads they hit #1 with, “Is This Love” was a more conventional pop/rock love song… and the audience that loved “Kyrie” wasn’t all that interested.
Their third album, Go On, didn’t go anywhere. And the band broke up quietly before their fourth album came out – which is at least one reason it wasn’t released until lead singer Richard Page put it out on his own record label… twenty years later in 2010.
Interestingly, Page had the chance to join Toto and Chicago when both bands needed lead singers in the mid-‘80s. He turned down both offers. One wonders what might have happened if he had accepted either one – as the Toto offer came before Welcome.
Tomorrow, an almost-infamous one-hit #1 that some call one of the worst #1 songs ever…
Other songs that reached #1 on March 1:
1975 – “Best Of My Love” by the Eagles (their first, 1 week)