Don’s Top 10 For April 28, 1981
Back…back…back into time with “The Time Machine, to Tuesday, April 28, 1981. Hey, it's my dad, Murray Tandler's 44th birthday! Happy birthday dad. Hear the songs on New Jersey 101.5 starting just after midnight late Friday night.
“Rapture” by Blondie
(#5 last week) The song that brought rap to the masses. Blondie sure knew how to change up their sound with each hit. BUT: this would be their last hit.
“Magic Man” by Robert Winters & Fall
(#10 last week) Not the song by Heart. Honestly, I have zero memory of this one, because I was in Scranton, & we didn't play this strictly local hit (it peaked at #101 nationally). Hearing it for the first time right here. Not a bad little soul song.
“Keep On Loving You” by REO Speedwagon
(#8 last week) I appreciate this craftsmanship of this smash more now than when it was on the charts. Truly a catchy little pop-rock gem.
“The Best Of Times’ by Styx
(#9 last week) First single from the “Paradise Theater” album. In 1999, the song was featured in the Adam Sandler movie “Big Daddy”.
“Being With You” by Smokey Robinson
(#7 last week) Not many artists have had the longevity of Smokey Robinson. He first hit the charts in 1959! Smokey's managed to stay relevant for three generations of music fans. This was the followup to “Cruisin'”, & an even bigger hit.
“Angel Of The Morning” by Juice Newton
(#6 last week) The answer to a cool trivia question: Name a hit song written by Angelina Jolie's uncle! That would be Chip Taylor, brother of Jon Voight. Not only did he write this one, he wrote “Wild Thing”, a #1 song for the Troggs. Juice (real first name: Judy) was born in New Jersey! Lakehurst, but went to high school in Virginia Beach, which leads me to think she grew up in a military family.
“Just The Two Of Us” by Grover Washington Jr. with Bill Withers
(#4 last week) From Washington's album “Winelight”, this song brought smooth jazz & R&B closer together. It won the Grammy for Best R&B Song for writers Withers, Ralph MacDonald & William Salter. If I were picking a, um…seduction mix tape, this'd be on it…..
“Kiss On My List” by Daryl Hall & Oates
(#3 last week) Wow, I thought “The Midnight Special” didn't allow lipsynching. Guess I was wrong! Even though the previous single from the album “Voices”, “You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling”, did well enough to return Daryl & John to the charts after a three-year absence, this single REALLY cemented them as top 40 radio regulars, the start of an incredible 7 year run.
“Sukiyaki” by A Taste Of Honey
(#2 last week) “Sukiyaki” was an unlikely hit in 1963 by Kyu Sakamoto, the only Japanese-language hit EVER here, & an equally-unlikely remake, in English. Actually, just the melody was used, with new lyrics. It took the duo A Taste Of Honey from one-hit wonders to two-hit wonders.
“Morning Train (Nine To Five)” by Sheena Easton
(#1 last week; 3rd week at #1) Everywhere in the world except North America, this record is titled simply “Nine To Five”. But after Dolly Parton's #1 success just a few months earlier here in the states, the decision was made to retitle the song for our market. It was actually a bigger hit here than in the u.k., where it peaked at #3.