On this day in music history: June 26, 1982 - “Early In The Morning” by The Gap Band hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 3 weeks, also peaking at #24 on the the Hot 100 on July 24, 1982. Written by Charlie Wilson, Lonnie Simmons and Rudy Taylor, it is the second chart topping single for the R&B band from Tulsa, OK. Feeling the pressure to repeat the success of their previous album (“Gap Band III” with the chart topping “Burn Rubber On Me”), lead singer Charlie Wilson walks out of the studio in the middle of cutting vocals on the song in frustration. He returns soon after to complete his work on the song. Producer Lonnie Simmons also takes an equally perfectionist attitude, repeatedly mixing and re-editing the track until it is perfect. Issued as the first single released from the bands’ sixth studio album “Gap Band IV”, “Early In The Morning” is also The Gap Band’s first US top 40 pop single. Singer Robert Palmer also records a cover version of the song, peaking at #19 on the Hot 100 in December of 1988.
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A - Age: 45 B - Biggest Fear: spiders, yuck yuck double yuck C - Current Time: 8:11pm D - Drink You Last Had: Big Red E - Everyday Starts Off: watching CNN F - Favorite Song: The Eagles “Hotel California” G - Ghosts, are they real?: Duh H - Hometown: little itty bitty town in Texas I - In Love: for over 20 years! M - Middle Name: N - Number of Siblings: 2 O - One Wish: To be financially secure!!! P - Person You Called/Texted Last: My hubby Q - Question You’re Always Asked: What’s your nationality? R - Reasons to Smile: YOORAN S - Song Last Sang: Ok, this is so nerdy, the opening theme for
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