Throwback Thursday: Maxi Priest – “Close to You”
The ’90s was arguably the greatest decade in popular music because it gave us so much variety. In the midst of all the gangsta rap, angsty rock and lavish R&B ballads, we also got a bit of reggae fusion.
The first reggae fusion hit of the decade was Maxi Priest’s “Close to You.” Released in July 1990, the song was the lead single from the singer’s fifth studio album Bonafide. As far as reggae fusion goes, it was light on the reggae and heavy on the fusion, but regardless of how it’s classified, no one can deny that it was bonafide chune. Pun totally intended.
“Close to You” would become Maxi Priest’s biggest hit, peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and cracking the top 10 in multiple European countries.
Today is Maxi Priest’s 60th birthday, so join me in celebrating the man and this iconic contribution to popular music!