Don’s Top 10 For June 9, 1982
“The Time Machine” flies in to Wednesday, June 9, 1982 starting just after midnight on New Jersey 101.5. I'll play all 10 tunes on the radio!
"It's Gonna Take A Miracle" by Deniece Williams
(#12 last week) Nice update of a 1965 soul standard by the Royalettes. Niecy sang backup for Stevie Wonder in the mid 70s.
"867-5309/Jenny" by Tommy Tutone
(#4 last week) Tommy Tutone is one of the many groups that sound like they're one person. I know more than one girl named Jenny or Jen who did not appreciate the teasing that came with this song. And, yes, there were more than a dozen people who had this number who were forced to change it.
"Crimson & Clover" by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
(#11 last week) Second hit for Joan, second remake so far in the top 10. The original was pretty psychedelic; the remake more meat-and-potatoes rock.
"Rosanna" by Toto
(#10 last week) The Grammy winning Record Of The Year for 1982. Yes, this was inspired in part by actress Rosanna Arquette, who was dating Toto's Steve Porcaro at the time. Porcaro didn't write the tune; it was David Paich.
"Heat Of The Moment" by Asia
(#8 last week) You know the line "and now you find yourself in 82" in this song? It does not refer to the year, but to some mysterious location.
"Always On My Mind" by Willie Nelson
(#7 last week) Here's the third & most recent remake in the top 10. This is one of the most recorded songs in history; there have been literally hundreds of versions. Who was the first? Brenda Lee, who only got to #45 on the country chart in 1972. Probably the two other best known versions were by Elvis Presley & the Pet Shop Boys.
"The Other Woman" by Ray Parker Jr.
(#5 last week) This video looks like it should have been saved for his 1984 hit "Ghostbusters". Parker's career goes as far back as the great Invictus/Hot Wax hits of the early 70s. You can hear his guitar on the 1971 #1 hit "Want Ads" by the honey Cone.
"Don't You Want Me" by Human League
(#6 last week) This hit #1 in the U.K. 6 months before it hit #1 here, Christmas 1981, & it's the #25 hit of all time there. Human League had two female vocalists at the time; it was "luck of the draw" that Susan Ann Sulley is the one you hear on this song.
"Don't Talk To Strangers" by Rick Springfield
(#2 last week) Rick's real last name? Springthorpe. How Australian! Almost no one remembers Rick's first American success, 1972's "Speak To The Sky". It's poppier than his 80s hits, but very catchy.
"Ebony & Ivory" by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
(#1 last week; 5th week at #1) Even though Paul & Stevie recorded this together, the music video, although it looks like they're together, was recorded at different times. This song was the first by any Beatle to make the R&B chart.