On this day in music history: December 3, 1988…

On this day in music history: December 3, 1988 – “Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley (Free Baby)” by Will To Power hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also hitting #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Written by Peter Frampton/Allen Collins and Ronnie Van Zant, it is the biggest hit for the Miami, FL based trio. The brainchild of DJ and producer Bob Rosenberg and taking their name from title of a book by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, Will To Power make their debut in late 1986 with the freestyle dance track “Dreamin’”, releasing it on his own label Thrust Records. Featuring Suzi Carr on lead vocals, the song becomes a big regional hit in Florida, attracting the attention of Epic Records who pick up the single for re-release nationally in June of 1987. Peaking at #50 on the Hot 100 and #15 on the Billboard Club Play chart, the success of “Dreamin’” paves the way for a full album released in March of 1988. Their next single titled “Say It’s Gonna Rain” is an even bigger hit, topping the Club Play chart for two weeks in August and September of 1988, peaking at #49 on the Hot 100. For their third release, the band and label decide to go in an entirely different direction from their more uptempo Freestyle dance club oriented material. Covering two 70’s rock classics, “Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley (Free Baby)” is a medley combining Peter Frampton’s “Baby I Love Your Way” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Freebird”. Issued as a single in August of 1988, the single quickly takes flight. Entering the Hot 100 at #97 on September 10, 1988, it climbs to the top of the chart twelve weeks later. The group score one more top 10 pop single with a cover of 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love” peaking at #7 in January 1991. “Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley (Free Baby)” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.