” Ride On Time ” is by Black Box, the Italian dance music trio. The song was written by Dan Hartman, Mirko Limoni, Daniele Davoli and Valerio Semplici.
Black Box includes a club DJ, a classically trained clarinet tutor and keyboard player. The trio known as Groove Groove Melody needed an image for the band Black Box so recruited a French fashion model named Katrin Quinol.
She was to become the face of the band and lip sync on all videos and tv appearances.
” Ride On Time ” heavily sampled the line from Loleatta Holloway’s 1980 disco hit track ” Love Sensation “, a number one single on the US Hot Dance Club Play Chart.
The original track the band sampled for ” Ride On Time ” was written by Dan Hartman, who had written many records including co-writing and producing the number four Billboard Top 100 Chart hit ” Living In America ” with James Brown.
Black Box released the song without crediting either Dan Hartman or Loleatta Holloway for the use of the original as a sample. Once ” Ride On Time ” had entered the charts around the World, the real vocals on the song was brought into question.
Legal proceedings were launched and ruled that it was indeed Loleatta Holloway’s voice used, although the band had sampled the “Love Sensation” track.
In light of the ruling Black Box had to surrender a large proportion of the royalties from the song to both aggrieved parties.
Black Box then recruited singer Heather Small, the lead singer with M People the English soul group, to re-record the vocal part of ” Ride On Time “.
The new version with the original uncredited vocals by Heather was then released as the single version which became a commercial success.
Released in Italy where it reached number nineteen on the FIMI Chart ( Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana ), Black Box enjoyed success in seventeen countries including Canada, Australia and several European countries.
In the United Kingdom ” ” Ride On Time ” entered the UK Singles Chart in 1989 and climbed to reach Number One, where it stayed for six weeks. The song remained in the Top Ten for eleven weeks and spent a total of twenty-two weeks on the chart.
In the United States, the song didn’t quite do so well and only managed to reach number thirty-nine on the Hot Dance Club Play Chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 2, Austria (Austria Top 40) 8, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 7, Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 6, Canada Dance/Urban (RPM) 3, France (SNEP) 3, Germany (Official German Charts) 5, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 19, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 22, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 17, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 2, Norway (VG-lista) 5, Spain (AFYVE) 3, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 2, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 5, US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 39, US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 44
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