On this day in music history: November 24, 1984 – “Cool It Now” by New Edition hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also peaking at #4 on the Hot 100 on January 5, 1985. Written and produced by Vincent Brantley and Rick Timas, it is the second R&B chart topper for the Boston, MA based vocal group. Issued as the first single from their self-titled second album in September of 1984, it is the Boston based groups’ first release for new label MCA Records. Having severed ties with former producer/manager Maurice Starr, the group find themselves in an even worse situation. The group end up signing a deal with new managers Steven Machat, Rick Smith and Bill Dern’s production company Jump ‘N’ Shoot, rather than directly to their new label. In spite of the album selling more than two million copies in the US, the group members need to borrow $500,000 each from MCA to hire attorneys, in order to extricate themselves from their deal with Jump ‘N’ Shoot Productions, after the release of the album “All For Love” in 1985. “Cool It Now” is spoofed in the American Dad! episode “Can I Be Frank (With You)” in 2012. In one sequence, Steve Smith and his friends Barry, Toshi and Snot are singing a karaoke version of the song in a pizza parlor. “Cool It Now” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
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