Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Retro Video of the Week: "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by Kim Wilde

Now that Rocktober is over, we can get back to Retro Videos of the Week every Wednesday.  Tomorrow will mark the 30th anniversary of the release of British pop singer Kim Wilde's fifth studio album, Another Step.

Wilde rose to fame in 1981 and 1982 with her debut single, the international new wave hit "Kids in America," which was a top 10 hit in 13 countries and hit #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.  However, she is probably best known in the U.S. for her biggest hit, which came off of Another Step:  her cover of the Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On."  Wilde became the third act to take the song to the Top 10 in the Billboard Hot 100.  The Supremes took the original version to #1 in 1966, Vanilla Fudge's psychedelic 1967 version of the song hit #6, and Wilde's '80s pop version went to #1 in June 1987.  Wilde's cover brought her another international hit, going to #1 in three other countries, the top 10 in another five countries, and the top 20 in another four countries.  It would be her last Top 40 hit in the U.S., although she continued to have chart success in her native UK, as well as Europe in general, throughout the rest of the '80s, the '90s, and even the early 2000s.

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