Listed at 12 on Rattle and Hum, this was the third single released from the album.
Featuring and written for blues legend BB King, the track was recorded at the seminal Sun Studios in Memphis. Already established as global superstars, it had little effect on U2’s popularity. However, it propelled BB King to a level of stardom that he had never previously enjoyed.
Whilst he was a bone fide star in the blues sphere, the track introduced him to a whole new world of rock fans all over the globe. Now his audiences would feature blues purists and newcomers from the world of rock. It’s probably safe to say that the blues fans would not have been best pleased about this.
When Love comes to Town enjoyed a seven week run in the UK singles chart, peaking at number 6 in April 1989.