On this day in music history: May 13, 1978 – “Take Me To The Next Phase Part 1” by The Isley Brothers hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks. Written by Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley, Chris Jasper, Rudolph Isley, O’Kelly Isley and Ronald Isley, it is the fourth R&B chart topper for the family band from Cincinnati, OH. The main body of the song is written by the three younger members of the band while recording at Bearsville Studios in upstate New York. They cut two different versions of the song before settling on the final released version. It is issued as the first single from their sixteenth studio album “Showdown” in March of 1978. “Take Me” surprisingly does not chart on the Billboard Hot 100, though its success on the R&B chart helps propel the “Showdown” album to Platinum status, peaking at number four on the Billboard Top 200, spending three weeks at number one on the R&B album chart. In 2004, Sony Legacy releases a remix album of Isley Brothers classics titled “Taken To The Next Phase”. The set features ten of the band’s best known songs remixed by Will I. Am, Stuart Matthewman (of Sade), Raphael Saadiq and Mos Def. The remix version of “Take Me To The Next Phase” featured on the album is by the production team The Ignorants.
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