Mr. Big

In hard rock circles, many folks knew of the supergroup Mr. Big in the late 1980s and early 1990s from their first album, Mr. Big, which was released in 1989.  The band consisted of Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan, and Pat Torpey, all of whom had already built successful careers working with various artists and in various bands up until that point.  The pop music world caught on to Mr. Big with their album Lean Into It, which was released in 1991.  A few songs from the album were released as singles, and two them hit the top 20 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart:  “Just Take My Heart,” which peaked at number 16, and its predecessor and the band’s biggest hit, “To Be With You,” which hit number 1 exactly 20 years ago yesterday and spent a total of three weeks at the top.  The band would also collect one more top 40 hit in late 1993, when their version of Cat Stevens’ “Wild World” peaked at number 27.

The band eventually broke up in 2002, but they reunited in 2009, releasing What If … in 2010.  For more on Mr. Big, check out their official website.

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