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

On this day in music history: July 9, 1988 – “Paradise” by Sade hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also peaking at #16 on the Hot 100 on July 16, 1988. Written by Helen Folasade Adu, Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale and Paul Spencer Denman, it is the lone R&B chart topper for the Nigerian British R&B Smooth Jazz band fronted by lead singer and songwriter Sade Adu. The band actually begins writing “Paradise" while preparing to tour in support of their second album “Promise” in 1986. They work on the song sporadically over the next year, finally completing it during the sessions for “Stronger Than Pride”, while recording at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas. Released as the first single from Sade’s third album Stronger Than Pride in April of 1988, “Paradise” quickly becomes a fan favorite and a staple of the bands live performances.