Don’s Top 10 From June 1, 1984
Back…back…back into time, as my “Time Machine” lands on Friday, June 1, 1984. Here are the local top 10 singles.amazon.com
“Footloose” by Kenny Loggins
(#9 last week) A former #1 hit, while the album is still at the top. In The special “AFI: 100 Years…100 Songs”, this was voted #96 by critics.
“Oh Sherrie” by Steve Perry
(#12 last week) One of the song’s co-writers, Bill Cuomo, performed the keyboard riff on “Oh Sherrie,” and was the musician that was also responsible for the keyboard riff on Kim Carnes’ most famous song, “Bette Davis Eyes”.
“The Reflex” by Duran Duran
(#8 last week) Remixed for the single by Nile Rodgers of Chic fame, who recently wrote his autobiography, & can be heard playing his signature guitar on one of the hottest songs of 2013, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”.
“Hold Me Now” by The Thompson Twins
(#7 last week) A departure from the New Wave/Synth trio, their first ballad. It worked. Became their biggest hit, & has endured.
“Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper
(#6 last week) Former #1, on its way down now. Cyndi’s biggest national hit, this was covered by dozens of other artists, even including jazz great Miles Davis. 2013: Cyndi is tony-nominated for writing the score to the hit musical “Kinky Boots”.
“Borderline” by Madonna
(#5 last week) On Time Magazine’s Top 100 Songs Of All Time list. Wow. good song, but, really? Good video, certainly. With the video, Madonna was credited for breaking the taboo of interracial romances & was considered one of her defining moments.
“Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)” by Phil Collins
(#2 last week) We forget how hot was Phil Collins was on top 40 radio: between his solo recordings & Genesis, he racked up an astounding 19 straight national top 10 singles between 1983 & 1990! This one came from the now-almost-forgotten movie of the same name that starred Jeff Bridges. Remember when he was a sex symbol? Not Collins, Bridges. Here’s Phil, performing for Live Aid.
“To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” by Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson
(#3 last week) Maybe the oddest couple in pop music history, but somehow it worked. Written by Albert Hammond of “It Never Rains In Southern California” fame. The song was covered by dozens of artists, most recently, believe it or not, by Alanis Morissette. Yes, she changed “Girls” to “Boys”. Oh, I couldn’t resist posting THIS video.
“Let’s Hear It For The Boy” by Deniece Wiolliams
(#4 last week) A former #1 hit, still strong at #2. Deniece attended college in hopes of becoming a registered nurse & a anesthetist but dropped out after 18 months to pursue her singing career. In recent years, she’s concentrated on gospel music.
“Hello” by Lionel Richie
(#1 last week; 6th week at #1) Was there been a more surprising recent comeback than Lionel? His “Tuskegee” album was one of the biggest sellers of 2012. And the original video was great, almost a mini-movie.