Day 232: London Bridge

Song: “London Bridge” by Fergie
Reached #1: August 19, 2006 (her first, 3 weeks)

Don’t worry, it’s in English!

Despite leading the Black Eyed Peas’ 26-week assault on the pop charts, it would’ve been a bit of a stretch to assume that Stacy Ferguson would have the same longevity on her own at the top.

Still, to get her debut solo single to #1 for three weeks is no small achievement. 

In all, she released five singles from The Dutchess.  Three went to #1, and none peaked lower than #5 on the charts (there was a sixth single that, while “released”, was barely promoted or mentioned – so I’m not counting it!).   That level of success is rare, even for a solo singer vacationing from one of the most popular bands of her time.

It’s not like Fergie is an overnight success, of course.  She started at age 9, performing with Disney’s other variety show, Kids Incorporated, for 5 years.  She then fronted a girl group called Wild Orchid for almost a decade before joining the Black Eyed Peas for their third album in 2002.

At one point, it seemed that Fergie had acting aspirations, but of late she’s mostly limited herself to voice work and her annual appearances at New Year’s with Ryan Seacrest.

She’s kept a low profile during the Peas’ current time off – but with reports that the Peas are headed back to the studio for a 2013 album, expect to see more of the Dutchess soon…

Tomorrow, an R&B sister act that’s kind of a one-hit wonder – while performing together for over 40 years.

Other songs that reached #1 on August 19:
1967
– “All You Need Is Love” by the Beatles (their fourteenth, 1 week)

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