On this day in music history: June 9, 1984 – &…

On this day in music history: June 9, 1984 – “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks. Written by Cyndi Lauper and Rob Hyman, it is the biggest hit for the Woodhaven, Queens, NY born singer and songwriter. Part of the initial inspiration for what becomes Cyndi Lauper’s first number one single, comes from piece of daily life. At the time, she’s living in a very small studio apartment with her boyfriend and manager David Wolff. One night while climbing into bed, he accidentally knocks over and breaks a clock she’s very fond of. Noticing that she’s upset, David tells Cyndi not to worry, and he replaces the clock with another one. However the wind up clock he buys her is so loud, that it can still be heard after Cyndi puts it in the bathroom and closes the door. This incident inspires her to write the opening lyric “lying in my bed I hear the clock tick, and I think of you…”. While in the studio working on her debut solo album “She’s So Unusual”, Cyndi works out the rest of the song with musician Rob Hyman of The Hooters. Recorded in June 1983 at The Record Plant in New York, Hyman also sings background vocals on the track as well. Issued as the follow up to her breakthrough smash “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” in April of 1984, “Time” quickly takes off on the heels of the previous record. Entering the Hot 100 at #53 on April 14,1984, it climbs to the top of the chart eight weeks later. “Time After Time” is also nominated for a Grammy Award for Song Of The Year". Now regarded as one of the quintessential 80’s pop songs, it is also covered by numerous artists, most notably by Miles Davis on his 1985 album “You’re Under Arrest”. “Time After Time” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.