This Day in Rock Music History January 9

Haddaway's song asks the question, "What is Love?" I ask the question, "Where is Haddaway?"
Haddaway's song asks the question, "What is Love?" I ask the question, "Where is Haddaway?"

1965 - Haddaway is Born

Remember the artist Haddaway? I didn’t think so. But he was born on this day – January 9 – in music history. If you’re over the age of 26, let me refresh your memory of who Haddaway is/was.

Haddaway (Alexandar Nestor Haddaway) had a huge hit in the 90s – “What is Love.” In England, the song reached #2 on the charts and also became a big hit in North America. As a result of this hit, he had several more in the UK, but he didn’t reach that kind of popularity in the United States.

One reason for his popularity was because many people in the post-Soviet states throughout Europe took to the hope and independent messages in some of his songs. He released a second album in 1995, just two years after his first hit record. In 1998, his third album came out, called “Let’s Do It Again.” It was only a hit in Europe, much like David Hasselhoff.

Still can’t remember who Haddaway is or what his signature song sounds like? Watch A Night at the Roxbury and bop your head in rhythm with Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan as the song “What is Love” plays in the background. The song is considered to be a one-hit wonder in North America and has been remixed probably more than a dozen times by dance DJs and bored 90s music lovers with a sound editing program on their computer. You can also find a gothic version, parody versions (“When is Lunch?”) and it’s also been sampled on Crime Mob’s latest album.

We'll call this Whitney Houston's "before" picture.
We'll call this Whitney Houston's "before" picture.

1985 - Whitney Houston Gets Sixth #1 Hit

The once-great Whitney Houston hits the top of the Billboard charts for the sixth time with “So Emotional.” Before she began her downward spiral, she was a legendary and iconic diva that produced hit after hit after hit. She also holds the Guinness World Record for being the Most Awarded Female Artist of all-time.

Her previous five #1 songs were:

Saving All My Love For You – 1985

How Will I Know – 1986

Greatest Love of All – 1986

I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) – 1987

Didn’t We Almost Have it All – 1987

Since then, she’s had dozens more hits and her early to mid-career continues to define the pinnacle of class and success for female pop artists. In the last decade or so, however, her reported drug problems and personal life has made her a sort of laughing stock with the late night comedians and weekend sketch shows.

Let’s remember the good times, shall we?

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AuraGem 8 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Yes! Best to keep the good memories alive but use the not so good to walk cautiously. Indifference and ignorance are not always bliss!

No! I have never heard of Haddaway!

Great hub!

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