After an almost two-decade hiatus, Arsenio Hall is back on late-night TV as of tonight with the syndicated “Arsenio.” The actor/host’s “The Arsenio Hall Show” ran in syndication from 1989 to 1994.
The first version of the program fostered some memorable musical moments, perhaps most famously Bill Clinton’s saxophone solo that has been credited with helping him gain younger voters on his way to the winning the 1992 U.S. Presidential election.
But do you remember that Arsenio had a Billboard Hot 100 hit?
As roly-poly alter ego Chunky A, Hall reached No. 77 on the Hot 100 in December 1989 (and No. 26 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in January 1990) with “Owww!” “Your love makes me say ‘Owwww!,” goes the novelty ode to “more cushion for the pushin’.”
“Whitney Houston, Madonna and even Brooke Shields don’t come close to you,” he declared.
Whether or not “Arsenio” spurs another Hot 100 visit for Hall, music will be a key part of the show. Rapper Mac Miller is among the first-week musical guests.
As for others? “The day my new show was announced, I got a call from Prince,” Hall told Billboard sister publication the Hollywood Reporter. “He said, ‘I’m so proud of you. Save me a night.’ “