On this day in music history: July 7, 1990 – &…

On this day in music history: July 7, 1990 – “You Can’t Deny It” by Lisa Stansfield hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also peaking at #14 on the Hot 100 on July 28, 1990. Written by Lisa Stansfield, Ian Devaney and Andy Morris, it is the second chart topping single for the blue eyed soul/pop vocalist from Manchester, Lancashire, UK. Following the UK chart topping success of her breakthrough hit “All Around The World”, executives at Lisa Stansfield’s label Arista Records request a full album from her, to be delivered as quickly as possible. With no time to spare, Stansfield and her collaborators Ian Devaney and Andy Morris go through the numerous demos they have recorded to select material for the album. Among the songs they find is “You Can’t Deny It”, originally written while the trio were recording under the group name Blue Zone.  Having a similar flavor to its predecessor “All Around The World”, it is also recorded in the same fashion, with Lisa recording the vocals in the bathroom of the flat she shares with Devaney. Stansfield records her lead vocal on the song almost completely on the first take, with only a few minor punch ins to complete it.  Not released in the UK, when “What Did I Do To You?” is released in her home country instead, Arista Records in the US releases “You Can’t Deny It” on May 2, 1990. Like “All Around The World”, it is an immediate smash on R&B radio and in the clubs, racing to the top of the R&B singles chart within two months of its release. Lisa Stansfield becomes the first British female artist in history to score back to back number one singles on the US R&B chart. “You Can’t Deny It” helps propel the accompanying album “Affection” past the Platinum mark in the US, being certified by the RIAA on May 30, 1990.