SADE "SMOOTH OPERATOR" (1984)
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
Amongst all the in your face music artists of 1984 were Sade, who were unashamedly pure and laid back. Released in July 1984, the band's debut album Diamond Life was full of smooth and sexy tracks, and spent 99 weeks in the British album charts. It remains the band's best-selling in the UK, achieving 4x Platinum.
Smooth Operator was released as the third and final single from Diamond Life in September 1984 (March '85 in America) and reached #19 in the UK and #5 in the U.S, giving Sade their first American Top Ten single. The song actually performed better than the previous single, When Am I Going To Make A Living?, in the UK, which had only peaked at #36. The song was written by Sade Adu and a member of her previous band Pride, Ray St. John.
Although Sade's singles never charted as high as they deserved to, fortunately, the albums were always very successful.