#1 This Week In 1993

In 1992, producers David Cole and Robert Clivilles of C&C Music Factory hired Michelle Visage (the white chick in the freestyle girl group Seduction) to create the annoyingly punctuated group S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M. Their rap/dance cover of Bill Wither’s 1976 hit Lovely Day spent two weeks at the top of Billboard’s dance chart in 1993 as It’s Gonna Be (A Lovely Day), but was the only track ever released as S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M. The Palladium Remix was the most popular version in the clubs, there’s an audio-only clip here. It’s Gonna Be (A Lovely Day) was included on the soundtrack to The Bodyguard, winning S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M a Grammy and selling more than 40 million units worldwide, probably earning them more money for this single track than any of their other projects.

TRIVIA: Michelle Visage went to become a NYC radio personality and the co-host of RuPaul’s short-lived VH1 talk show. Currently she’s a radio DJ in South Florida. As C&C Music Factory, Cole and Clivilles scored six #1 dance singles and three Top Five pop singles including the #1 pop record Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now). Tragically, in 1995 David Cole died of spinal meningitis.

RELATED: I remember sitting in Hombre in South Beach around 4am, watching this video in a room full of men as beautiful as the ones in the clip and thinking, “Man, I hope South Beach lasts forever.” I always think of this clip when I walk past the hotel where it was shot, but can’t remember its name at the moment. Anyone? UPDATE: It’s the Shelborne Hotel.