Release Me – Wilson Phillips

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………..on September 15th of 1990 a trio called Wilson Phillips topped the Billboard singles chart for the second time with a self-penned song called “Release Me”. The group is made up of Carnie and Wendy Wilson, the daughters of Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson, along with Chynna Phillips, the daughter of Mamas and Papas founder, John Phillips.The Wilson sisters and Phillips grew up together in Southern California in the 1970s and 1980s. The three shared a love of music and songwriting, and developed their own style of vocal harmonies. In 1989, the trio signed with SBK Records .Wilson Phillips released their debut album, Wilson Phillips, in 1990. Their debut single, “Hold On,” hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 9, 1990, bumping Madonna’s “Vogue” off the top spot. The single was also No. 1 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary and became a worldwide hit. The second and fourth singles from the album also became number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100: “Release Me” (2 weeks) and “You’re in Love” (1-week). The singles “Impulsive” and “The Dream Is Still Alive”, peaked at No. 4 and No. 12, respectively, on the Hot 100. In 1992, Wilson Phillips also made history as Billboard declared their debut album the best selling album of all time by an all female group, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and selling over 5 million copies in the US and over 10 million copies worldwide, which also made Wilson Phillips, at the time, the best selling female group of all time for a single album, breaking the previous record set by The Supremes. In June 1992, Wilson Phillips released their second album, Shadows and Light. The album was deeply personal and adopted a more serious tone, with tracks exploring issues such as child abuse (“Where Are You”) and their estrangement from their fathers (“Flesh and Blood”, “All the Way From New York”). The first single, “You Won’t See Me Cry” peaked at No. 20 in the US and No. 18 in the UK, the first time they had a higher-ranking single in the UK than in the US. The album peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum in the US, and double platinum in Canada. Wilson Phillips took an hiatus between 1993 – 2003 but reunited and are still performing together. Though “Release Me” was a #1 hit in the US the song only managed to reach #37 in the UK.