Don’s Top 10 From January 19, 1982
Back…back…back into time, as my “Time Machine” lands on Tuesday, January 19, 1982. Here are the top 10 singles, as culled from several sources.
“Private Eyes” by Daryl Hall & John Oates
(#6 last week) “Captain Kangaroo” once did a puppet vignette of this song. I tried to find it online but failed. The handclap chorus here has made the song a favorite audience-participation tune at H&O concerts.
“Turn Your Love Around” by George Benson
(#12 last week) In the TMI department, co-writer Jay Graydon revealed he came up with the melody for this hit while in the bathroom. This was one of the first pop hits to feature a Linn LM-1 drum machine, programmed by Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro.
“Through The Years” by Kenny Rogers
(#7 last week) This wasn't one of Kenny's all-time biggest singles in its original chart run, but it's arguably one of his two or three most enduring ones, because of it's natural connection to life themes, like birthdays & anniverseries.
“Waiting For A Girl Like You” by Foreigner
(#10 last week) The single may have peaked at #2 (for 10 weeks nationally!), but Foreigner's current album is #1 for a 7th big week. The distinctive synthesizer on the single was performed by the then-unknown Thomas Dolby (1983's “She Blinded Me With Science”)..
“Why Do Fools Fall In Love” by Diana Ross
(#5 last week) Yes, this is the same song as the hit by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers in 1956. This was Diana's debut on RCA Records after 20 years with Motown.
“Hooked On Classics” by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
(#3 last week) I'd say this was the most unlikely hit record artist ever, but the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Royal Scot Dragoon Guards & Sen. Everett Dirksen would make that incorrect. The RFO take up the “medley” craze started by Stars On 45 months earlier in 1981.
“Centerfold” by The J. Geils Band
(#8 last week) Kind of surprising smash hit from a band that had been around for a decade, but undeniably catchy. Men are nuts: the song is about a man who is shocked to discover that his high school crush appeared in a centerfold spread for a men's magazine. He can't decide between his anger & his desire.
“Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire
(#4 last week) We didn't know it then, but this was EWF's swan song on the charts, ending a great run of almost 7 years as one of pop & soul's most consistent hitmakers. Lead singer Philip Bailey did have one gigantic hit apart from the band, “Easy Lover”, in 1985.
“I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” by Daryl Hall & John Oates
(#2 last week) #1 pop, #1 R&B, #1 Dance/Disco. Nice trifecta for the duo from Philadelphia. When Hall was told he had the #1 soul hit in the U.S., he wrote in his diary, “I'm the head soul brother in the U.S. Where to now?” Well……how about nine more top 10 hits?
“Physical” by Olivia Newton-John
(#1 last week; 8th week at #1) *****WARNING****** R-RATED VIDEO. Honestly, I'd forgotten about this utterly bizarre video, which was banned in many places. I mean, the song itself is an obvious double-entendre (which Olivia mildly denied), but the video makes it perfectly clear what this is all about. Some will laugh, others will cringe. Maybe both. Newton-John's career on the charts arguably never recovered (she did have three more top 10 singles), after this, her all-time biggest hit. Irony.