Back…back…back into time, as “The Time Machine” lands on Tuesday, June 30, 1987. Here's the local hit survey from that date (hear the songs on New Jersey 101.5 starting just after midnight Friday night).
“Don't Disturb This Groove” by The System
(#10 last week) Synthpop R&B, which seemed to have a brief moment in the late 80s. This duo were one-hit wonders on the pop chart, but had three other R&B top 10s.
“I Want Your Sex” by George Michael
(#11 last week) Remember how much controversy this song caused (it was banned by the BBC & the video was heavily censored before MTV would play it)? Now it's almost tame. Not sure that's a good thing. Featured on both the “Faith” album & “Beverly Hills Cop II”.
“The Lady In Red” by Chris DeBurgh
(#5 last week) DeBurgh was born Chris Davison, raised in Argentina from Irish parents. The song was written in reference to (though not specifically about) his wife Diane and was released on the album “Into The Light”. DeBurgh said that the song was inspired by the memory of when he first saw Diane, and how men so often cannot even remember what their wives were wearing when they first met.
“Diamonds” by Herb Alpert with Janet Jackson
(#6 last week) Honestly, if not for about 20 seconds of the middle here, would you know it was even a Herb Alpert song? Janet recorded for Alpert's label, A&M. Aah! That explains why she's here.
“Just To See Her” by Smokey Robinson
(#4 last week) Grammy winner for Best R&B Vocal Performance. First single from “One Heartbeat”.
“Alone” by Heart
(#8 last week) One of my favorite rock ballads. I miss Heart! Lucky enough to meet Ann & Nancy after a concert. Radio has it's fringe benefits……
“Songbird” by Kenny G
(#9 last week) Saxophone adult contemporary tune from the man who actually holds the Guinness record for biggest-selling instrumental musician of all time.
“Head To Toe” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
(#3 last week) Retro Motown-style combined with freestyle makes for a smash. The group, from Queens, had 4 big pop hits locally, 8 on the R&B chart.
“Always” by Atlantic Starr
(#2 last week) Former #1 hit, hangin' in at #2. This was a HUGE wedding song. It took Atlantic Starr a long time to achieve success. This was from their seventh album.
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston
(#1 last week; 2nd week at #1) Written by Shannon Rubicam & George Merrill who were the one hit wonder group Boy Meets Girl (“Waiting for A Star To Fall”), & had also written “How Will I Know”. Blender Magazine ranked this the #275 greatest song of all time.
Countdown extras: “Shakedown”–Bob Seger (#11); “I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For”–U2 (#15); “Girls Girls Girls”–Motley Crue (#13); “Wanted: Dead Or Alive”–Bon Jovi (#29)…….This week's #1 album: “Whitney”–Whitney Houston (2nd week at #1)………Tomorrow night: Don's Top 10 for July 1, 1970.
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