On this day in music history: January 21, 1984…

On this day in music history: January 21, 1984 – “Owner Of A Lonely Heart” by Yes hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also peaking at #69 on the R&B singles chart on the same date. Written by Trevor Rabin, Jon Anderson, Chris Squire and Trevor Horn, it is the biggest hit for the British progressive rock band fronted by lead singer Jon Anderson. The song originates with guitarist Trevor Rabin who demos it with the intention of giving it to another artist to record. Producer Trevor Horn hears the song while working on Yes’ album. Feeling that the album still lacks a hit single, Horn hears Rabin’s demo and after more than six months, finally persuades Rabin to let Yes record it. The song is re-worked with Horn, bassist Chris Squire and vocalist Jon Anderson re-writing the lyrics and part of the music. “Owner” is released the first single from the band’s eleventh studio album “90125” in the Fall of 1983. Entering the Hot 100 at #62 on November 5, 1983, it climbs to the top of the chart eleven weeks later. “Owner Of A Lonely Heart” brings the veteran band a new generation of fans when MTV and pop radio embraces their new modernized sound. Two different videos for the song are made directed by Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis. The first being a straight forward performance clip shot on video tape (which is not released until years after the fact), and the second a concept clip (inter cut with newly filmed performance footage of Yes) shot on 35mm film. Three different edits of the second clip are shown during the songs’ run on the charts. An extended version running nearly seven minutes, a shorter version of the clip (the one most shown), and a third featuring just the performance footage of the band. A remixed version of “Owner Of A Lonely Heart” by producer Trevor Horn (titled the “Red And Blue Dance Mix”) also becoming a big hit on the dance floor peaking at #3 on the Billboard Club Play chart. "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" is later sampled by numerous artists including Frank Zappa, Michael Jackson, LL Cool J, Salt ‘N’ Pepa, En Vogue, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Kris Kross, and Lil’ Wayne. Dance group Kyper also samples the song as the basis of their hit single “Tic Tac Toe” in 1990.