On this day in 1986, “Kyrie” hit the top of the charts. It was released in late 1985, which technically places it alongside, “Broken Wings” as the second number one hit for them in that calendar year and one of three top 10 hits for the group (the other being “Is It Love”, later in 1986).
Mr. Mister was formed in the early 80’s and much like Toto, were made up of men who made their living as studio musicians. In fact, the lead singer, Richard Page had turned down chances to take lead roles in Toto and Chicago after the band’s first LP, “I Wear the Face” which was released in 1984. The album did little on the charts, but it was it’s follow up, “Welcome to the Real World” in 1985, loaded with both number 1’s, which became a massive hit for them.
The lyrics were written by lead singer Richard Page’s cousin, John Lang which, while not, “Contemporary Christian Music” in the strictest sense, certainly were Christocentric at it’s core. That direction of the band was further enhanced by it’s being the backing band for Christian recording artist Paul Clark on his 1988 tour. By that time, the hits had dried up and after recording an album in 1990 (and not released until 2010).
For those of you wondering, the lyrics were based on Kýrie, eléison which means “Lord, have mercy” in Greek, and is a part of many liturgical rites in Eastern and Western Christianity. Kýrie, eléison; Christé, eléison; Kýrie, eléison is a prayer that asks “Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy”. According to it’s author, the song is basically a prayer.
This got me to thinking. Were there any other top ten songs that were directly Christian in nature? Leave me a note, and let me know.