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On this day in music history: October 1, 1977 - “It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me” by Barry White hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 5 weeks, also peaking at #4 on the Hot 100 on November 12th. Written by Nelson Pigford and Ekundayo Paris, it will be the fifth and final R&B chart topper for “The Maestro”. Session singer Nelson Pigford (“Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky)”) and songwriter Ekundayo Paris (The Grass Roots’ “Sooner Or Later”) will meet while Paris is a music student at Los Angeles City College, and begin writing songs together. White will receive a copy of the duo’s original demo recording from the brother of his string arranger Gene Page. White will listen to the demo while on a European tour, and by the time he returns to the US, will give it a dramatic rearrangement which that bares almost no resemblance to the original composition. A huge R&B hit and pop crossover smash, it is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA, it will be Barry White’s fifth and final million selling single. In 1994, the song will be sampled as the basis of Mary J. Blige’s hit single “You Bring Me Joy”.

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