La Cima del Cielo

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"La Cima del Cielo"
Single by Ricardo Montaner
from the album Un Toque de Misterio
Released 1989 (1989)
Format Airplay, promo single
Recorded 1989
Genre Latin
Length 4:31
Label TH-Rodven
Writer(s) Ricardo Montaner, Pablo Manavello
Ricardo Montaner singles chronology
"Debo Cambiar de Amor"
(1989)
"La Cima del Cielo"
(1989)
"Me Va a Extrañar"
(1990)

"La Cima del Cielo" ("The Highest Point of the Sky") is a song performed by Argentine-Venezuelan singer-songwriter Ricardo Montaner. It was written by Montaner and Pablo Manavello and released as the lead single from the 1990 album Un Toque de Misterio in late 1989. The song became the first number-one single for the singer in the Billboard Top Latin Songs chart in January 1990.

The song was re-recorded by Montaner in 1999 with a new musical arrangement, and it was included on the setlist of his album Ricardo Montaner con la London Metropolitan Orchestra which was produced by Bebu Silvetti.[1] Also a Portuguese version was recorded by the singer in 2004.[2]

Background[edit]

Ricardo Montaner began his recording career in the late 1970s, independently recording an album titled Mares (1978). In 1983, he released Cada Día, his first album for Venezuela's largest record label, Rodven Records, and only enjoyed limited success in Venezuela. The following recordings, Ricardo Montaner (1987) and Ricardo Montaner, Vol. 2 (1988), were quite successful and established him as a popular artist.

The former album includes a pair of telenovela opening themes, "Vamos a Dejarlo" (which was used in Esa Muchacha de Ojos Café) and "Yo Que Te Amé" (for the soap opera Enamorada), while the latter album was his international breakthrough, with singles like "Tan Enamorados", "A Donde Va el Amor" and "Sólo con un Beso", that became Billboard Top Latin Songs top ten hits.[3][4] He also recorded "Tu Piano y Mi Guitarra" a duet with Alejandro Lerner, and made an impact in countries such as México, Colombia, and United States.[3] Montaner continued his career with Un Toque de Misterio released in 1990, an album that included his first number-one hit in the Americal Latin charts, "La Cima del Cielo".[3][4]

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted on the Billboard Top Latin Songs chart (formerly Hot Latin Tracks) at number 29 on November 25, 1989 and climbed to the top ten three weeks later.[5] It reached the top position of the chart on January 27, 1990 for two weeks.[6] It replaced "Cómo Fuí a Enamorarme de Tí" by Mexican band Los Bukis and succeeded by Kaoma with "Lambada".[7] The song spent 28 weeks within the Top 40 and became the fifth top ten single for the singer in the chart, and first number-one hit.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Con la London Metropolitan Orchestra  — Ricardo Montaner". Allmusic. Macromedia Corporation. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  2. ^ "Para Meus Amigos  — Ricardo Montaner". Allmusic. Macromedia Corporation. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  3. ^ a b c Birchmeier, Jason. "Ricardo Montaner  — Biography". Allmusic. Macromedia Corporation. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  4. ^ a b c "Ricardo Montaner  — Charts and awards". Allmusic. Macromedia Corporation. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  5. ^ "La Cima del Cielo  — Week of December 16, 1989". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1989-12-16. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  6. ^ "La Cima del Cielo  — Week of January 27, 1990". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1990-01-27. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
  7. ^ "La Cima del Cielo  — Week of February 10, 1990". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1990-02-10. Retrieved 2009-12-23. 
Preceded by
"Cómo Fuí a Enamorarme de Tí" by Los Bukis
U.S. Billboard Top Latin Songs number-one single
January 27, 1990 - February 3, 1990
Succeeded by
"Lambada" by Kaoma