Billboard #1 Hits: #691: ‘Rock On’- Michael Damian. June 3, 1989. #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single: ‘Rock On’-Michael Damian
- Record Company- Cypress
- Genre: Glam Rock
- Written by David Essex
- Time: 3:21
- B-side: ‘Where Is She’
- Album-Where Do We Go From Here
- Grade: D
- Peaked at #1 in Billboard Hot 100. Didn’t chart in UK. #1 in Canada.
David Essex only had one hit- ‘Rock On’ from 1974. It peaked at #5. A one hit wonder. Then along comes a soap actor named Michael Damian and he takes an inferior-far inferior version of the song to #1. He did have two other top 40 hits. Dismissed.
I agree. I wasn’t wild about the original version by Essex, as I felt the song went nowhere. This one was a crappy remake, and how – or why – it went to #1 was mind-boggling.
I appreciate all of the detail that you put in each of your articles.
You are very welcome.
This is one of those songs I recorded to a mix-tape to play on long drives. The beat and simplicity work during flat stretches of Prairie highway.