Terence Trent D’Arby successfully peaks to No.1 on the U.S Hot 100 in 1988 with “Wishing Well”

The American artist first found fame in Europe where he was based, but his soulful music also appealed to American audiences

Terence Trent D’Arby successfully peaks to No.1 on the U.S Hot 100 in 1988 with “Wishing Well”

Terence Trent D’Arby(now Sananda Maitreya) enjoyed a wave of huge success during the late 1980’s thanks to his successful debut album “Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D’Arby” released in 1987. The album included pretty much all the songs that Arby is best remembered for, including “Wishing Well”, that was released as a single in December 1987 backed with “Elevators & Hearts”. Back then, D’Arby’s success was much due to his unique combination of 1960’s Soul and 1980’s Pop, and by 1988, along with his debut single “If You Let Me Stay”, the song went into “heavy rotation” on MTV. The American artist first found fame in Europe where he was based, but his music appealed to American audiences as much as to European ones and on May 7, 1988 “Wishing Well” peaked to No.1 both on the U.S Hot 100 and the U.S Soul Singles Chart. D’Arby performed the song live at the 30th Annual Grammy Awards, where he lost the Grammy Award for Best New Artist to Jody Watley. Back then, the singer was regarded as the man who brought Soul music back to the charts, and his string of its, including “Dance Little Sister” and “Sign Your Name”, seemed to prove that, but it wasn’t longer until his career started to sink, and today, D’Arby is mostly remembered for that unique album debut in 1987.

Look back at the 1988 music video “Wishing Well” by Terence Trent D’Arby



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