Don’s Top 10 From May 31, 1987
Let’s go back into time, to Sunday, May 31, 1987, with the local top 10 singles.amazon.com
“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by Kim Wilde
(#10 last week) Kim’s dad Marty was a U.K. recording star in the 50s & 60s, even charting once in the U.S. (using the name “Shannon”, with the cult song “Abergavenny”, in 1969). Kim herself first charted in the U.S. with “Kids In America” in the early 80s. This song made history itself: It became the first song in the rock era to make the top 10 in three different versions (Supremes, 1966; Vanilla Fudge, 1968). It happened again just a year later, with the third version of “The Loco-Motion” making the top 10.
“(I Just) Died In Your Arms” by Cutting Crew
(#7 last week) Ahem. The actual words “I just died in your arms tonight” originally came to Nick Van Eede of Cutting Crew while he was in the throes of a romantic night with his girlfriend
“La Isla Bonita” by Madonna
(#6 last week) Madge usually did better on our local charts than nationally, & here’s the biggest example, a song that peaked at #4 coast-to-coast, but is about to leap to chart-topper right here! The translation is “the beautiful island”. it was first offered to Michael Jackson for his “Bad” album by songwriter Patrick Leonard. Boy, would that have been a bad fit. Michael was smart enough to turn it down. Madonna grabbed it & added lyrics.
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston
(#12 last week) Remember the one hit wonder duo Boy Meets Girl (“Waiting For A Star To Fall”)? George Merrill & Shannon Rubicam wrote this one, too.
“Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love” by Glenn Medeiros
(#9 last week) George Benson did this first, but it wasn’t a single. Co-written by Gerry Goffin, who with then-wife Carole King wrote literally dozens of hits in the 60s.
“In Too Deep” by Genesis
(#5 last week) Movie music. Anyone remember WHICH movie? I didn’t think so. It was “Mona Lisa” with Bob Hoskins. Fifth single from “Invisible Touch”.
“Head To Toe” by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
(#4 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.
“The Lady In Red” by Chris DeBurgh
(#3 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.
“With Or Without You” by U2
(#2 last week) The song Bono considers his “Hey Jude”, meaning, the song so big it transcends his group.
“Always” by Atlantic Starr
(#1 last week; 2nd week at #1) This was a HUGE wedding song. It took Atlantic Starr a long time to achieve success. From their seventh album.