On this day in music history: July 9, 1988 – &…

On this day in music history: July 9, 1988 – “The Flame” by Cheap Trick hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also peaking at #3 on the Mainstream Rock chart on the same date. Written by Bob Mitchell and Nick Graham, it is the biggest hit for the veteran rock band from Rockford, IL. The song is one of two brought to Cheap Trick by an Epic Records Vice President who tell them, “both of these songs will be number one hits, choose one, and the other will go to Chicago”. Initially, the band isn’t crazy about either song, but agree to record “The Flame”. The other song titled “Look Away” is recorded by Chicago and also reaches the top of the chart later in 1988. Released in March of 1988, “The Flame” is the first single from Cheap Trick’s tenth studio album “Lap Of Luxury”. Entering the Hot 100 at #92 on April 9, 1988, it climbs to the top of the chart thirteen weeks later. The chart topping success of “The Flame” drives the “Lap Of Luxury” album to Platinum status in the US, making it Cheap Trick’s biggest selling album since “Dream Police” nearly ten years before.