Song: “Save The Best For Last” by Vanessa Williams
Reached #1: March 21, 1992 (her first, 5 weeks)
Kind of hard to believe it’s been almost 30 years since Vanessa Williams was forced to resign as Miss America – victim of a greedy photographer who’d lied about destroying some old nude modeling photos. In the fall of 1984, who’d have thought she’d wind up with a long career in both music and acting?
It’s been reported that this song was rejected by a number of artists before Williams heard it and decided she had to record it… which turned out to be a good decision, as “Save The Best For Last” is her only #1 pop hit and, by far, the biggest single she’s ever released.
I suppose there’s an audience that doesn’t really know her as a singer – that’d be the viewers who watched her on Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives over the last few years.
She’s doing both a new album and a new series (666 Park Ave.) this year.
If you needed proof that it’s possible to rebound from your worst moment… now, you have it.
Tomorrow, a Jersey boy who was the first artist to be a lead singer for a group and a successful solo act… at the same time.
Other songs that reached #1 on March 21:
1964 – “She Loves You” by the Beatles (their second, 2 weeks)
1981 – “Keep On Loving You” by REO Speedwagon (their first, 1 week)
1987 – “Lean On Me” by Club Nouveau (their first, 2 weeks)