May 1979: Peaches and Herb Hit #1 in America with "Reunited"

Musicians Herb Fame and Francine 'Peaches' Hurd Barker, better known as the duo Peaches and Herb, perform at Chicagofest, Chicago, Illinois, August 10, 1980. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)
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Peaches and Herb ended the 1970s with a bang. The duo's 1978 breakout album, 2 Hot, featured disco dance-floor hit, "Shake Your Groove Thang," which shimmied all the way to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

For the album's second single, the pair pulled out a sweet ballad that would become their signature song: "Reunited." Released as a single in March 1979, the heartfelt tune sauntered up the charts before peaking at #1 on the Hot 100 on May 5, 1979. The track would hold onto the top spot in the country for the entire month, finally falling to Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff" on June 2, 1979.

Legend has it that the song, written by Dino Fekaris and Freddie Perrin, brought Peaches to tears when she first heard it. The crossover hit would also top the R&B charts for four weeks, and get nominated for the Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group or Chorus at the 1980 Grammys, Facing stiff competition from Sister Sledge, the Commodores and McFadden & Whitehead, the award would go to Earth, Wind and Fire for "After the Love Has Gone."

When the dust settled on 1979, Billboard ranked "Reunited" as the #5 song of the year, one slot behind Rod Stewart's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" and one ahead of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," The song at #1 for 1979: The Knack's "My Sharona."


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