Song: “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake
Reached #1: October 10, 1987 (their first, 1 week)
Hard to believe it’s been 25 years since, as Bowling For Soup put it in “1985”, Tawny Kitaen “shook her ass on the hood of Whitesnake’s car”.
And, all things considered, Whitesnake is probably one of the first “one-video wonders”. The song wasn’t all that, really, just another bit of pop-metal. But the sight of Tawny Kitaen in high rotation on MTV drove song sales enough to push this track to #1. The song’s coattails even took the follow single, “Is This Love”, to #2.
It certainly did take a lot of work to get to #1. The first draft of the song was written and released in 1982. The second, in early 1987. The “radio” version, the third release of the song, was this one that hit the charts in July 1987. There was later an acoustic version, released in 1997.
David Coverdale started Whitesnake after leaving Deep Purple, and has been the only constant in the band’s 35-year history. The music has changed – from R&B to metal and back – and the band’s lineup has turned over completely. But Coverdale’s still there. Still rocking. And still touring with the band.
Of course, if it weren’t for Whitesnake (and Coverdale), we wouldn’t have been treated to the spectacle of Tawny Kitaen, Serial Lunatic. Both of her marriages (to Coverdale and to baseball pitcher Chuck Finley) ended in public divorce, and then there’s been her ongoing public drug battle (including Celebrity Rehab and a stint in the Surreal Life house).
Tomorrow, the comeback single for a ‘60s singer/songwriter that really could’ve been done by the owner of his new record label.
Other songs that reached #1 on October 10:
1960 – “Mr. Custer” by Larry Verne (his first, 1 week)
1970 – “Cracklin’ Rosie” by Neil Diamond (his first, 1 week)