On this day in music history: December 3, 1994…

On this day in music history: December 3, 1994 – “On Bended Knee” by Boyz II Men hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 6 weeks (non-consecutive), also peaking at #2 on the R&B singles chart on the same date. Written and produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, it is the third chart topping single for the Philadelphia, PA based R&B vocal quartet. The group meet the producers at the NBA All Star Game in Minneapolis when they approach Jam & Lewis about writing something for their new album. A couple of months later, they respond with “On Bended Knee”. Issued as the follow up to “I’ll Make Love To You” on November 1, 1994, it is another immediate smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #14 on November 19, 1994, it poles vault to the top of the chart two weeks later. “Knee” is in a tussle for the top spot with Ini Kamoze’s “Here Comes The Hotstepper”, with Kamoze bumping the Boyz from the top spot after two weeks, “Hotstepper” holds at number one for two weeks. “On Bended Knee” regains the top spot, spending another four weeks at the top. Boyz II Men make history as the first group in over thirty years to replace themselves at the top of the Billboard pop singles chart. Having just ended a record breaking fourteen week run at number one with their previous single “I’ll Make Love To You”, “Knee” replaces it in the top spot. The Beatles had previously achieved this feat in March of 1964 when “She Loves You” replaces “I Want To Hold Your Hand” at number one. “On Bended Knee” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.