September 13, 2023

Another wind for Don’t Know Much

article reposted by Chelsea


Don’t Know Much, a remake of Barry Mann’s 1980 original recording, has soared to the top of the South Florida Reggae chart.

The updating of the song by singers Hopeton Lindo and Novel-T, removed Freddie McGregor’s I’ll be Waiting from the top spot.

Don’t Know Much was an album cut for Mann who co-wrote the song with Cynthia Well and Tom Snow.

A year later, in 1981, singer Bill Medley recorded a version which rose to #88 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Two years later, in 1983, with slightly different lyrics and a different title, singer Bette Midler updated the track as All I Need to Know. Her version topped out at #77 on the Billboard Hot 100.

American rhythm and blues singer Glenn Jones recorded a version of All I Need to Know in 1987 and it was featured on his self-titled album for Jive Records. The song got significant airplay locally, which saw a vinyl 45 rpm release by distributor Sonic Sounds.

Jones’ version entered the JBC Radio One and RJR Top 40 charts, making its way to the top 5 on both listings.

The biggest remake of the song to date has been the version by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville. Their take on the song, titled Don’t Know Much, released in 1989, soared to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, won a Grammy, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Still on the South Florida Reggae chart, Mind Games by Paul Elliott enters at #23, while Brighter Day by Mackie Conscious and Luciano steps in at #25.

Over to the New York Reggae chart, If You Like Pina Coladas by DJ Cassidy, Shaggy, and Rayvon spends a second week at #1.

Meanwhile, Triumphant by Nadine Sutherland rises from #10 to #7, while Queen of the Arena by Chadel Rhoden debuts at #27. I Shall be Released by Hezron featuring Big Youth steps in at #30.

In the wake of the passing of singer, musician, and entrepreneur Jimmy Buffett, who died on September 1 from skin cancer, his work littered several Billboard charts.

His 1977 hit single Margaritaville has charted on Billboard’s Country Digital Song Sales chart at #1, along with six other titles by Buffett. On Hot Country Songs chart, Margaritaville re-enters at #13, while debuting at #17 on Country Streaming Songs chart.

On the Top Country Albums chart, Songs You Know by Heart: Jimmy Buffett’s Greatest Hit(s) re-enters at #3. It re-enters Top Rock/Alternative Albums at #2 with Boats Beaches Bars and Ballads opening at #15.

Songs You Know by Heart is the Top Album Sales and Top Catalog Album title. The hits collection re-enters the Billboard 200 albums chart at #2. Interestingly, the album peaked at #100 when it was released in 1985. It sold 52,000 equivalent album units and is Buffett’s 13th top ten album to date.

On Hot Rock/Alternative Songs, Margaritaville re-enters at #9 while Cheeseburger in Paradise steps in at #22. On Streaming Songs, Margaritaville is #41, while on Billboard Hot 100 the song re-enters at #38, having peaked at #8 in 1977.

On Digital Song Sales chart, Margaritaville leads the pack of 13 entries by Buffett, at #1.

The Mississippi-born singer/songwriter was founder of Margaritaville, a popular chain of restaurants in the United States and the Caribbean, inspired by his 1977 hit song of the same name. Its flagship Caribbean location was in Montego Bay and is a popular attraction for Jamaicans and tourists.

Over on the Billboard R&B charts, Byron Messia’s Talibans continues its upward trajectory. On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, the song improves from #22 to #20, while on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay the song bullets from #21 to #18.

On Rap Airplay, Talibans rises to a new peak of #11, and on Rhythmic Top 40 it bolts from #23 to #21.

Wind Me Up by American inspirational singer Dante Bowe and reggae artiste Anthony B slips from #14 to #15.

Over to the Billboard Reggae Albums chart, Legend by Bob Marley and the Wailers spends 191 non-consecutive weeks on top.

Shaggy’s Best of Shaggy: The Boombastic Collection remains at #2, while No Love by Byron Messia re-enters the chart at #3.

Dutty Classics Collection by Sean Paul re-enters at #4, while Greatest Hits by UB40 remains at #5.

Stick Figure posts back-to-back titles with Wisdom, Set in Stone and World on Fire at #6, #7 and #8, respectively.

Sean Paul’s Dutty Rock slips to #9 and Nigerian Afrobeats/dancehall singer Ruger debuts at #10 with RU The World, which has 17 tracks and was released September 1 via Promised Land/Sony Entertainment.

Stefflon Don is featured on the track Addiction, while Projexx collaborates on Island Girl. Dancehall artiste Govana is featured on the song Likely.

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