On this day in music history: September 14, 19…

On this day in music history: September 14, 1985 – “Cherish” by Kool & The Gang hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 6 weeks on August 24, 1985, also peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 on September 21, 1985. Written by Ronald Bell, James “J.T.” Taylor, Jim Bonnefond, Claydes Smith, George Brown and Curtis Williams, it is the ninth R&B chart topper for the R&B band from Jersey City, NJ. With the addition of lead singer James “J.T” Taylor to Kool & The Gang’s line up in 1979, the veteran R&B/Funk band begin a period marking their greatest commercial success, scoring more than a dozen pop and R&B top 40 hits, including six number one singles on the R&B singles chart. For the band’s ninth chart topper, a change in their creative back drop provides the inspiration for one of their most popular and enduring hits. Saxophonist and band musical director Ronald Bell (aka Khalis Bayyan) come up with the initial idea for what becomes “Cherish” while the band are recording their twenty seventh album “Emergency”. Rather than working at their regular studio, The House Of Music in their native New Jersey, the band opt to record the basic tracks at Compass Point Studios, the recording studio then owned by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell in Nassau, Bahamas. Working out the music with the rest of the band in the studio, Bell has Taylor pen the lyrics, which he writes while walking along the beach near the studio. Once the track is completed, everyone agrees that it is a smash. Issued as the third single from “Emergency” in June of 1985, it becomes an across the board smash on the pop, R&B and AC charts. Another R&B chart topper for Kool & The Gang, it holds on to the runner spot on the pop chart for three weeks, unable to unseat Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing” from the number one spot. “Cherish” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.