Today, the Downtown community mourns the tragic loss of renowned musician, writer, and producer Elliot Wolff.
Wolff began his career as a musical director for the group Peaches and Herb and proceeded to perform as a keyboard player for Chaka Khan before ultimately deciding to pursue songwriting.
He went on to pen and produce several hits, including two immensely popular tracks from Paula Abdul’s debut album "Forever Your Girl." The first single "Straight Up," charted #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 - a first for both parties - in February 1988, where it stayed for three consecutive weeks. The single remained in the Top 10 for seven weeks, the Top 20 for nine weeks, and the Top 40 for sixteen weeks, deeming it one of the most popular R&B and dance-pop singles of the year. In June 1989, "Cold Hearted" followed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart and spent a total of eight weeks within the Billboard top ten. Both tracks eventually ranked 4th and 6th biggest hits of the year on Billboard's year-end chart for 1989, and were also extremely well received internationally.
Over his career, Wolff continued to pump out hits and work with dozens of high profile artists: “Mary Goes Round” by Aretha Franklin, “I’ll Remember You” by Atlantic Starr, “Work Out” by J. Cole, “Heart of Stone” by Taylor Dayne, “Whole Wide World” by A’me Lorain, “I Don’t Want to Live Without You” by Gregg Tripp, and many more.
Wolff’s impact on the music industry will continue to be felt. Downtown is honored to represent his works.