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.
I can’t take this music video seriously. That near bar-room fight, it just made me want to watch Beat It instead. But I can’t dismiss this song though, I’m always a sucker for abit of scatting in tracks like this. Pretty catchy.