It’s Throwback Tuesday, if you please..
It’s that time of the week y’all. So take a bow, and sit back!
Today’s throwback song of the week is by the supremely under-rated Canadian rocker Alannah Myles, who literally had the world swaying at her feet with her phenomenal global # 1 smash, ‘Black Velvet‘.
Funny how a vocalist of Alannah’s caliber could notch up just one hit album in the US, spawning approximately one Billboard # 1 single, and then disappearing altogether from both the US and the UK charts with her subsequent releases.
‘Black Velvet‘, the 4th single to be released from her début album ‘Alannah Myles‘ back in 1989 soared to # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for 2 weeks, while charting at # 2 on the UK Top 40. The song eventually became one of the biggest hits of the year across the globe, earning Alannah her first and only Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance (Female) at the 1990 Grammy Awards (beating heavyweight Janet Jackson who was nominated for ‘Black Cat‘ in the same category).
Following the massive success of ‘Black Velvet‘, and with her début album going Platinum in the US (peaking at # 5 on the Billboard 200) and Diamond in Canada, one would have expected Myles’ subsequent albums to achieve decent chart positions. For some strange reason, 1992’s ‘Rockinghorse‘, 1995’s ‘A-lan-nah‘ and 1998’s ‘Arrival‘ along with their respective singles all failed to chart at all on the Billboard Charts, achieving success only in Canada.
Either way, ‘Black Velvet‘, an ode to Elvis Presley’s life, remains a classic. I grew up listening endlessly to it, and I’m sure many of you did as well.
Check out the slow southern style of Alannah’s thoroughly flawless vocals rocking it away on ‘Black Velvet‘ right here :