30 Years Ago Today – Bruce Hornsby & The Range Go To #1 With ‘The Way It Is’ (Watch Live ’99 Woodstock)

30 years ago today (12/13/86), Bruce Hornsby & The Range went to No.1 on the US singles chart, with ‘The Way It Is’, a No.15 hit in the UK. Written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother John Hornsby, it made explicit reference to the American Civil Rights Movement. The song was heavily sampled by Tupac Shakur in his song, ‘Changes’ from 1998. Watch Hornsby and most of his current band The Noisemakers take on “The Way It Is” at Woodstock ’99.

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