On this day in music history: December 2, 1995…

On this day in music history: December 2, 1995 – “One Sweet Day” by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 16 weeks, peaking at #2 for 9 weeks on the R&B singles chart on the same date, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 13 weeks on December 30, 1995. Written by Mariah Carey, Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman, Wanya Morris, Michael McCary and Walter Afanasieff, it is the tenth chart topping single for the pop vocalist from Huntington, L.I., NY and the fourth chart topper for the R&B vocal quartet from Philadelphia, PA. While writing songs for her fifth album “Daydream”, singer Mariah Carey receives news that her friend, producer, songwriter and musician David Cole of C + C Music Factory, has died in January of 1995 at the age of only 32. Stunned and saddened by the loss, Carey looks to pay tribute to him and other friends and family she has lost. Having written a chorus and melody, Mariah contacts Nate Morris of Boyz II Men to ask if the group will sing with her on the song she’s writing. They agree, and in the course of talking to each other, discovers that Morris and the rest of the group had been writing a similar song, to pay tribute to their road manager Roderick “Khalil” Rountree, who was murdered in a robbery attempt while on their first national tour opening for MC Hammer and Jodeci. Carey and Boyz II Men along with her producer Walter Afanasieff collaborate together to complete what becomes “One Sweet Day”. The vocals are recorded at The Hit Factory in New York City in February 1995, in only three and a half hours. With Boyz II Men on their second major US tour at the time, they are too busy to make a staged music video with Mariah, so cameras are present at the recording session, with the footage being edited together to produce a clip for the song. Issued as the second single from Carey’s album “Daydream” on November 14, 1995, “One Sweet Day” is an immediate smash. Debuting at number one on the Hot 100, it spends an unprecedented four solid months at the top of the chart, making it the longest running chart topping pop single in the history of Billboard Magazine, a record that it still holds today. The song receives a pair of Grammy nominations for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals and Record Of The Year in 1996, with Mariah and Boyz II Men turning in a memorable performance of the song during the awards telecast. “One Sweet Day” is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.