On this day in history: November 14, 1998 – “Doo Wop (That Thing)” by Lauryn Hill hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, also peaking at #2 on the R&B singles chart on the same date. Written and produced by Lauryn Hill, it is the biggest for the singer, songwriter and musician from South Orange, NJ. Issued as the first official single from Lauryn Hill’s debut album “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill” (her cover of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” is released to radio but not commercially, and is a hidden bonus track on the CD version of the album). The song is written as a positive message to young women to not be too impulsive in relationships, giving themselves to men who may not really care for them, beyond having physical relations. Released as a single in early November of 1998, “Doo Wop” is an instant smash. It enters the Hot 100 at number one, holding the top spot for two weeks. Hill becomes the second female recording artist in history, to solely write and produce a number one single. Debbie Gibson achieves the same feat twice in 1988 (with “Foolish Beat”) and 1989 (with “Lost In Your Eyes”). The songs’ music video also wins four MTV VMA Awards including Best Female Video and Video Of The Year. The single also wins two Grammy Awards (of five won by the album) for Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 1999. “Doo Wop (That Thing)” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
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