Song: “I Swear” by All-4-One
Reached #1: May 21, 1994 (their first, 11 weeks)
In February 1994, country star John Michael Montgomery released what would become the #1 country hit of the year, a single called “I Swear”. It hit #42 on the Billboard Hot 100. I’m sure some people thought it was a nice little song.
Then All-4-One took a shot at it. The result was huge – 11 weeks at #1, one Grammy award (Duo or Group Pop Vocal, where they had two nominations, as “I Can Love You Like That” also got a nod), and what looked like a promising future.
However, things went awry – as they often do in music – due to record-label issues. All-4-One recorded for an independent called Blitzz Records, but released through Atlantic Records. The group’s 1999 album, On and On, stalled – and the fallout led the group to leave both labels.
While the group has pretty much fallen off the radar in North America, they remain hugely popular in Asia. Their 2004 album was released only in Southeast Asia, and as you can tell from the video clip, they continue to tour there.
Tomorrow, a song that – while I can’t relate to it myself – most of us can.
Other songs that reached #1 on May 21:
1977 – “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder (his sixth, 3 weeks)
1983 – “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie (his second, 1 week)
2011 – “Rolling In The Deep” by Adele (her first, 7 weeks)