On this day in music history: October 27, 1990 – “Black Cat” by…

On this day in music history: October 27, 1990 – “Black Cat” by Janet Jackson hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also peaking at #10 on the R&B singles chart on November 3, 1990. Written by Janet Jackson, it is the fourth chart topping pop single for the youngest member of the Jackson family. Issued as the sixth single from “Rhythm Nation 1814”, the song is also released with numerous remixes that feature guitarists Vernon Reid of Living Colour and Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme (solo on the “Video Mix”). The main riff and solo on the LP version are played by Dave Berry and Jellybean Johnson (of The Time and The Family). It is also accompanied by a live performance clip shot during first leg of the “Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour” in Minneapolis, MN on April 5th and 6th, 1990, and is directed by Wayne Isham (Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, Metallica). Entering the Hot 100 at #37 on September 15, 1990, it will streak to the top of the chart six weeks later. One of the highlights of Janet’s “Rhythm Nation 1814 Tour”, the initial live shows where the song is performed featured the singer walking out on stage with a panther on a leash. However, the cat is dropped after the first few concerts due to it being spooked by the large cheering crowds, and repeatedly urinating on the stage. “Black Cat” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.