On this day in music history: July 27, 1996 - “You’re Makin’ Me High”/“Let It Flow” by Toni Braxton hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the R&B singles chart for 1 week on June 29, 1996, and topping the Club Play chart for 2 weeks on August 17, 1996. Written and produced by Babyface and Bryce Wilson, it is the first chart topping single for the R&B/Pop singer from Severn, MD. Following the multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning success of her self-titled debut album, singer Toni Braxton feels the pressure to equal it with her sophomore release. With production on “Secrets” beginning in January of 1995, Braxton and a team of producers which include L.A. Reid & Babyface, David Foster, Keith Crouch and Tony Rich, the singer spends nearly a year and a half working on the album. Among the musicians contributing material to the project is musician Bryce Wilson. First making a name for himself under the name “Bryce Luvah”, Wilson is briefly a member of the second line up of electro-funk dance band Mantronix (“Got To Have Your Love”, “Take Your Time”), before forming the R&B duo Groove Theory with Amel Larrieux. Wilson plays a demo of a song he’s written for L.A. and Babyface. The producers love the funky groove, but are not fond of the original lyrics or title. Babyface asks if he can make some changes to the song, of which Wilson agrees to. Writing a new hook and sexy lyrics to go with the instrumental track, the song is re-titled “You’re Makin’ Me High”. Braxton is initially apprehensive about the sexy and slinky song, feeling slightly uncomfortable showing that side of herself. But she eventually becomes more comfortable and relaxed, adding her sultry and soulful vocal to the track. Selected as the first single from Toni’s second album “Secrets”, released on May 21, 1996, it becomes a multi-format smash immediately. Entering the Hot 100 #7 on June 8, 1996, it climbs to the top of the chart seven weeks later. In spite of debuting inside the Billboard Top Ten, it has to wait for its moment at the top after leaping to #2 on June 22,1996. It spends three weeks in the runner up position behind “Tha Crossroads” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, then two weeks behind 2Pac’s double A-sided hit “How Do U Want It”/“California Love” which leaps over “High” on July 13, 1996. Braxton’s single is released with several different remixes, including an alternate radio version version that features a rap cameo by Foxy Brown. It is also released with the song “Let It Flow”, Toni’s contribution to the “Waiting To Exhale” soundtrack, which also receives enough airplay to chart along side the other song. “You’re Makin’ Me High” wins Braxton her third Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1997. “You’re Makin’ Me High”/“Let It Flow” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
Don’t need a reason………*I am currently doing a two step while swaying back and forth, don’t forget to wear sun glasses luv the 90’s
one of my favorite albums “Grove Theory” the arrangements are well done and by Bryce Wilson and Amel larrieux gives a feeling of fresh but very familiar elements of the 90’s. It embodies sounds of jazz as heard thorough Amel’s base sounding vocals and jazz scats to Bryce’s up-tempo keyboard, production.