On this day in music history: October 5, 1987 - “Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'arby”, the debut album by Terence Trent D'arby is released in the US (UK release date is on July 13, 1987). Produced by Martyn Ware, Terence Trent D'Arby and Howard Grey, it is recorded at Blackwing Studios and Townhouse Studios in London, in from Late 1986 - Mid 1987. Born Terence Trent Howard in New York City in 1962, D'arby originally aspires to be a boxer before enlisting in Army where he is later stationed in West Germany. D'arby is dishonorably discharged in April of 1983 for going AWOL (absence without leave). Musically inclined since childhood, he plays in a number of bands before settling in London in 1986. There he briefly plays in another band before attracting the attention of CBS Records who sign the young musician. Working with former Human League and Heaven 17 keyboardist Martyn Ware and producer/engineer Howard Grey (Scritti Politti), D'arby records his solo debut release. The album is a huge success in Europe, but initially gets off to a slow start in the US. Only after the second single “Wishing Well” enters the US charts and hits #1 on the Hot 100 and R&B singles charts, does the album really take off. It spins off a total of four singles including “Sign Your Name” (#4 Pop, #2 R&B), “Dance Little Sister” (#30 Pop, #9 R&B), and “If You Let Me Stay” (#68 Pop, #19 R&B). D'arby also wins a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for the album in 1989. “Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'arby” peaks at number four on the Billboard Top 200, spending three weeks at number one on the R&B album chart, and is certified 5x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
On this day in music history: May 7, 1988 - “Wishing Well” by Terence Trent D'Arby hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the R&B singles chart for 1 week on April 2, 1988. Written by Terence Trent D'Arby and Sean Oliver, it is the biggest hit for the New York City born/UK expatriate musician based in London. D'Arby is inspired to write the song out of a dream he has. He completes the song with bassist Sean Oliver in the studio. Released as the follow up to “If You Let Me Stay”, the first single from D'Arby’s debut album “Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby” in February of 1988, it becomes a hit on both pop and R&B radio. Entering the Hot 100 at #79 on January 16, 1988, taking a slow but measured climb up the chart, reaching the summit sixteen weeks later. The success of “Wishing Well” helps propel sales of Terence Trent D'Arby’s debut album to 2x Platinum status in the US. “Wishing Well” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.