Piano in the Dark (Brenda Russell)
#6 on the US Hot 100
Piano in the Dark was the second of Brenda Russell’s only two top 40 hits – her other being the 1979 single So Good, So Right. Her songs, however, were hits for others, most notably Get Here (which featured on the same album as Piano in the Dark) for Oleta Adams. The sublime male voice singing back up is Joe Esposito, who is also the other voice on the Donna Summer classic Heaven Knows.
Fun fact: Flo Rida’s I Cry, one of the many songs that has subsequently sampled Piano in the Dark, also peaked at #6 on the Hot 100.
The theme for Bestest Song Club November 2015: Top 10 Hits That You Probably Haven’t Heard In Years. Criteria – Songs that reached at least #10 on the US Hot 100 between 1 January 1980 and 31 December 1989 but tend to get overlooked in any “Best of the 1980s” lists and collections.