September 10, 1988: Phil Collins was at No 1 with “A Groovy Kind of Love”

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“A Groovy Kind of Love” (1988) by Phil Collins

Phil Collins recorded a new version of “A Groovy Kind of Love” in 1988. Collins originally recorded his demo version as a suggestion for the film Buster, then found out later that the demo was actually used in the film. He later decided to record it himself when he took the starring role in the film, which had a 1960s setting. The song was originally released on Buster: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. A live version appeared on his Serious Hits… Live! album.

Unlike the Mindbenders‘ version, which was an upbeat guitar-based pop song, Collins’ version was a slow ballad with a prominent keyboard and strings. This version hit No. 1 on both the U.S. and UK charts, and remains Collins’ only single to top the charts in both countries; it was his last No. 1 single in the UK. The single spent two weeks at the top and was certified silver in the UK by the British Phonographic Industry. The song earned Collins a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male in 1989.

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