On this day in music history: May 28, 1988 – “One More Try” by George Michael hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, topping the Adult contemporary chart for 3 weeks on the same date, also topping the R&B singles chart for 1 week on June 18, 1988. Written and produced by George Michael, it is the fourth US solo chart topper (seventh overall) for the British singer, songwriter and musician born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou. Since its release in October of 1987, George Michael’s first solo album continues to generate one smash hit after another. Released on April 11, 1988, the plaintive ballad “One More Try” is issued as the albums fourth single. Entering the Hot 100 at #40 on April 16, 1988, it climbs to the top of the chart six weeks later. The success of this particular single also helps send the “Faith” album to number one on the R&B album chart (spending six weeks at the top beginning on May 21, 1988), making it one of only two times in Billboard chart history that a non African American artist has held down the top spot on the R&B album and singles chart simultaneously. This does not occur again until 2006 when Robin Thicke tops the R&B singles chart with “Lost Without U” and the album “The Evolution Of Robin Thicke”. “One More Try” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
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