One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1989 – Safire

“Thinking of You” by Safire

Wilma Cosmé, a.k.a. Safire, was born in San Juan Puerto Rico and grew up in East Harlem, New York. She was a Latin freestyle artist. She had songs early in her career that her hits among freestyle-music and dance-music fans, such as “Don’t Break My Heart” (1986) and “Let Me be the One” (1987). Then she released her self-titled debut in 1988, and almost had a top-40 hit with “Boy, I’ve Been Told,” which peaked at #48.

But, it was her ballad “Thinking of You”, that became her most commercially successful hit. The song peaked at #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart and at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 6, 1989. Personally, I really connected with this song because it came out at a time when I left home for the first time. Coming from the Northeast, I was in a Navy school in San Diego, which was about as far away as you could be in the continental U.S. So this song made me think of my friends and family when I heard it. I bought the cassette single of this song on the Navy base in San Diego. This was NOT the song that was in my Walkman when my Walkman was stolen (which I then retrieved). To see what I am talking about, you can check out that adventure in this 30 Day song challenge article: http://rtt80s.com/2011/07/13/30-day-song-challenge-day-5-a-song-that-reminds-you-of-someone/

Safire went on a hiatus, then came back with a Spanish-language album, titled Atrevida. Then she went on another hiatus until 2001. Her most recent single, “Exotique,” was released online on May 6, 2009. In 2010, SaFire announced on urbanlatinoradio.com that she is currently working on a new Spanish-language pop album. New music set to be release sometime this year.

Well, while we wait for the album to be released, let’s Return to 1989, and Think of the good times with Safire’s “Thinking of You”:

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