On this day in music history: December 16, 1977 – “A Fantasy Love Affair”, the debut album by Peter Brown is released. Produced by Cory Wade, it is recorded at Studio Center Sound Recordings, Inc. in Miami, FL and Sound Mixers Studios, Inc. in New York City from Mid – Late 1977. Born in the Chicago suburb of Blue Island, IL, Peter Brown displays an interest and aptitude for music early on. Encouraged by his mother, he studies piano and drums. Brown’s father, an electric engineer buys his son tape recorders to experiment with. Peter soon begins writing music and recording demos. Mastering the piano, his interest shifts to synthesizers learning how to program as well as play them. After high school, Brown attends The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago to study graphic arts, but drops out to pursue music. Acquiring a 4-track tape machine, Brown begins recording at home. During this time, he meets producer Cory Wade who is impressed by Brown’s demos and encourages him to assemble a band to fully realize his musical ideas. Recruiting Tom Dziallo (bass, guitar) and Pat Hurley (keyboards, backing vocals), they cut an early version of “Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me” (#3 R&B, #18 Pop, #9 Club Play). Wade sends a copy of the demo to TK Records founder Henry Stone who offers Peter a contract, wanting to release it as is. Brown agrees to sign, but asks to add overdubs to finish it. The 4-track tape is transferred to a two inch 24-track tape, adding more instrumentation and vocals, including TK in house backing vocal group Wildflower. Once completed, it is released on the Drive Records imprint in July of 1977. The sensual, down tempo track is an immediate sensation in discos, crossing over to R&B, then pop radio. The 12" single makes history as the first million seller in that configuration. Brown then begins work on a full album, also recruiting keyboardist Robert Rans to his band, who becomes his main songwriting partner. Less than six months later, the album is ready for release. The cover features a provocative silhouette of a semi clad woman, standing in front of a window taken by Brown. The figure in the window is actually a cardboard cut out fabricated by the musician himself. “Dance With Me” (#5 R&B, #8 Pop, #4 Club Play) featuring label mate Betty Wright on backing vocals is released next. A filmed segment of Brown recording the song, is shown on the news program 60 Minutes while it is climbing the charts. The album spins off two singles with “You Should Do It” (#54 R&B and Pop) and the title track. In time, “Affair” is regarded as a seminal album of the Disco Era, with “Do You Wanna” being sampled by Ice Cube, DJ Quik, Ma$e and Erick Sermon, and “Dance With Me” being sampled by Def Jef, LL Cool J & Busta Rhymes, Blackstreet (Featuring Janet Jackson), and Blak Panta. “A Fantasy Love Affair” peaks at number eleven on the Billboard Top 200, and number nine on the R&B album chart.