On this day in music history: June 15, 1991 - “Rush, Rush” by Paula Abdul hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 5 weeks, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 5 weeks on June 29, 1991. Written by Peter Lord, it is the fifth chart topping single for the singer, dancer and choreographer from Los Angeles, CA. Coming off of the enormous success of her debut album “Forever Your Girl”, spinning off four number one pop singles, and selling more than twelve million copies worldwide, anticipation is high for the follow up. Rather than go the safe route and produce another predominantly dance oriented album with the same producers, Paula Abdul chooses to go in a different direction. Working with a group of producers that include Don Was, Jorge Corante, Colin England and Prince, the bulk of the project is helmed by the R&B group The Family Stand. The New York based band consisting of lead singer and keyboardist Sandra St. Victor, keyboardist and vocalist Peter Lord and multi-instrumentalist V. Jeffrey Smith, make their breakthrough in the US in early 1990 with the album “Chain” and the hit single “Ghetto Heaven”. With only a handful of credits to their name at the time, they seem like an unorthodox choice to work with Abdul. But the pairing turns out to be an inspired one, with them writing and producing eight of the eleven tracks on Paula’s second album “Spellbound”. The ballad “Rush, Rush” written by Peter Lord becomes an immediate favorite of Abdul’s when she hears the original demo recording. The track is recorded at Greene Street Studios and Z Recording in New York, with Paula recording her vocals at Studio Masters in Los Angeles in the Fall of 1990. Her initial scratch vocal on the track winds up being used as the final lead vocal, with The Family Stand feeling that the right emotion and feel is perfectly captured in that initial take. Radio programmers and fans are surprised at the dramatic stylistic departure from the previous album, but are immediately taken with “Rush, Rush”. Released as a single on May 2, 1991, it is an immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #36 on May 11, 1991, it rockets to the top of the chart five weeks later. The song is supported by a music video that pays homage to the iconic film “Rebel Without A Cause” with actor Keanu Reeves and Abdul playing the roles immortalized by James Dean and Natalie Wood in the original film. Part of the video is filmed the Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles, the original location for the films famed street racing sequence. The success of “Rush, Rush” propels the “Spellbound” album to number one on the Top 200, spending two weeks at the top, and selling over three million copies in the US alone. “Rush, Rush” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.