Pennies from Heaven (Inner City song)

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Pennies from Heaven” is a 1992 song by American electronic music group Inner City, released as the third single from their fourth album, Praise. Despite the title, it is not a cover of the 1936 song of the same name. It became the duo’s fifth and final number-one single on the US BillboardHot Dance Club Play chart, reaching the top of the chart in August 1992 for two weeks.[1][2] In the UK, it peaked at number 24 on the UK Singles Chart, while reaching number two on the UK Dance Singles Chart. British magazine Mixmag ranked it number 62 in its “100 Greatest Dance Singles Of All Time” list in 1996.[3]

1992 single by Inner City
“Pennies from Heaven”
Single by Inner City
from the album Praise
Released 1992
Genre House, techno
Length 4:21
Songwriter(s) Kevin Saunderson, Paris Grey
Producer(s) Kevin Saunderson
Inner City singles chronology
“Let It Reign”
(1991)
Pennies from Heaven
(1992)
“Follow Your Heart”
(1992)
Music video
“Pennies from Heaven” on YouTube

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Larry Flick from Billboard wrote, “After teasing U.S. club DJs with several tasty imports over the past few months, Detroit duo finally unleashes this slammin’ deep houser domestically. Paris Grey is in fine voice, rising above a textured arrangement that’s lightly shaded with techno nuances. A major hit in the offing.”[4] A writer from Mixmag described it as a “beautiful, joyous hymn to universal love and peace.” Andy Beevers from Music Week complimented the song for its “irresistible combination of banging beats and soulful vocals”.[5]

The accompanying music video for the song featured people from all walks of life being invited by the duo for what will be a final meal, which at the end of the video resembled a portrait of The Last Supper.[citation needed]

British dance music record producer and DJ Mark Moore picked “Pennies from Heaven” as one of his favourites in 1995, saying, “Inner City are one of my favourite bands. This record never fails to move me with Paris Gray’s vocals, brilliant piano and the message. It’s really uplifting and uniting.”[6]

British magazine Mixmag ranked the song number 62 in its “100 Greatest Dance Singles Of All Time” list in 1996.[7]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
UK Singles (OCC) 24
UK Dance (Music Week)[8] 2
US Hot Dance Club Play (Billboard) 1
  1. Hot Dance Club Songs, Billboard.com, issue date August 1, 1992
  2. Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 128.
  3. “The 100 Greatest Dance Singles of All Time”. Mixmag. 1996. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  4. Flick, Larry (1992-06-06). “Single Reviews”(PDF). Billboard. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  5. Beevers, Andy (1992-05-23). “Dance – Pick of the Week”(PDF). Music Week. p. 8. Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  6. “Jock On His Box: Mark Moore”(PDF). Music Week, in Record Mirror (Dance Update Supplemental Insert). 1995-12-23. p. 5. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  7. “The 100 Greatest Dance Singles of All Time”. Mixmag. 1996. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  8. “Top 60 Dance Singles”(PDF). Music Week. 1992-06-13. p. 18. Retrieved 2020-09-29.

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