Don’s Top 10 From March 8, 1988
Another trip in the ol’ time machine, this one to Tuesday, March 8, 1988. Here’s the local singles survey:amazon.com
“Can’t Stay Away From You” by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
(#14 last week) This a pensive ballad sung from the perspective of a woman who is in love with someone who doesn’t feel the same, but she is unwilling to walk away from their relationship because she does not want it to end. Hey, isn’t that EVERY song?
“Man In The Mirror” by Michael Jackson
(#13 last week) Co-written by Glen Ballard & Siedah Garrett, who duetted with Jackson on “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”.
“What Have I Done To Deserve This” by Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
(#8 last week) Thank you, Pet Shop Boys, for bringing the magnificent Dusty back to the spotlight. She died way too young, but what a legacy of great hits.
“I Get Weak” by Belinda Carlisle
(#12 last week) Belinda’s followup to her #1 hit “Heaven Is A Place On Earth”, this was one of super-songwriter Diane Warren’s early hits. The video was directed by Diane Keaton.
“Push It” by Salt-N-Pepa
(#5 last week) Nationally, this peaked at #19, but you made it a top 10 hit locally. The song is ranked #440 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All-Time & was ranked #9 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop. I’m waiting for someone to dare to play this next to “Whip It”.
“Out Of The Blue” by Debbie Gibson
(#6 last week) Title track & third single from the debut album of the same name. Debbie wrote all 10 songs on the album, & played rhythm programs, keyboard & synthesizer.,
“She’s Like The Wind” by Patrick Swayze featuring Wendy Fraser
(#4 last week) The beloved late movie star also briefly became a singer, as this ballad from “Dirty Dancing” became a smash. Men wanted to be like him, women adored him. Had an admirably long marriage to his lady Lisa. Swayze was married to the former Lisa Niemi from June 12, 1975, until his death in 2009. The couple first met in 1970 when Swayze was 18 years old. Niemi, 15 years old at the time, was taking dance lessons from Swayze’s mother. Swayze said Lisa was the inspiration for “She’s Like The Wind”. We miss him.
“I Want Her” by Keith Sweat
(#3 last week) This was the first new jack swing song to reach #1 on the R&B charts. So…is Sweat really his last name? We know it’s his legally NOW, but some reports say his birth name was Crier. Keith insists he was born Sweat-y.
“Father Figure” by George Michael
(#2 last week) While this became George’s sixth #1 U.S. single (three with Wham!, one with Aretha Franklin & two solo), surprisingly, it fell short of the top ten in the U.K., at #11.
“Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley
(#1 last week; 4th week at #1) “You’ve been Rick Rolled!” became a video craze in the mid-2000s, bringing this babyfaced crooner back to the spotlight. Astley got his big break by being basically a tech flunkie in their studio. While this was a 1988 hit here, in the U.K., it was the #1 single of the year in 1987.