Welcome back to Tuesday’s edition of “one-hit wonders” week via the Morning Groove. For more information of how this week came to be, take a look at yesterday’s Morning Groove.
Today I decided to slow it down a bit with a song that when I first heard it, I thought it was Babyface. After all, Babyface around that time had been singing songs like that one, particularly “When Can I See You.” But no, it wasn’t him. Then when I found out it was the Tony Rich Project, I assumed that Babyface wrote and or produced the song. That turned out to be wrong as well.
What it ended up being was a song that proved to be so popular it peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1996. And it proved to be a one-hit wonder for the Tony Rich Project. Rich was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1997 for the song, but lost to Eric Clapton’s “Change The World.”
Today’s one-hit wonder is “Nobody Knows” by the Tony Rich Project, which also serves as the Morning Groove for today.
Rich did have two additonal singles to make the charts, but the best either of them could do was #41, which means he just missed not being on the list. And, as it turned out, there was a Babyface connection after all—his biggest hit, and his other two charting singles were released by LaFace Records—the label set up by then-partners L.A. Reid and Babyface.
Hope you enjoy today’s slowed-down take on the Morning Groove, and as always thanks for reading and listening.