Don’s Top 10 From November 30, 1987
Back…back…back into time once again, flying into Monday, November 30, 1987. Here are the local top 10 singles.amazon.com
“Tell It To My Heart” by Taylor Dayne
(#15 last week) The first hit for the lady (real name: Leslie Wonderman) who got her start singing at a Russian-American nightclub in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. These days, Brighton Beach is more likely to be called Little Odessa, for it is by the sea, as is Odessa.
“Breakout” by Swing Out Sister
(#7 last week) The biggest hit for this U.K. band, it peaked at #4 there & #6 nationally here. It was Grammy-nominated in the Best Pop Vocal By A Duo Or Group category.
“So Emotional” by Whitney Houston
(#10 last week) One of Whitney’s funkier hits. I especially like her raunchy vocal introducing the song. It was her sixth consecutive national #1 hit, written by the team of Tom Kelly & Billy Steinberg, who also came up with “Like A Virgin”, “Alone”, “True Colors” & “Eternal Flame”, all also #1 hits.
“Don’t You Want Me” by Jody Watley
(#9 last week) 1987 Grammy winner for Best New Artist. Third single from the former Shalamar “The Second Time Around”) member’s first solo album. Produced by the late Bernard Edwards of Chic fame.
“Mony Mony” by Billy Idol
(#4 last week) Remake of a remake! Well, sort of. The official 1987 single was a live version of Idol’s 1981 Tommy James & The Shondells remake. however, most stations played that 1981 version, then and now. Strange.
“Shake Your Love” by Debbie Gibson
(#6 last week) Second hit for the former teen idol. Strangely, her career has taken a similar turn to Miley Cyrus: Gibson has gotten a lot sexier in her delivery & outfits; only in her case, it came 20 years after her hits ended.
“Faith” by George Michael
(#5 last week) I always perk my ears when my 6th-grader son asks me for a title/artist. He did with this one, which tells me this is a mass-appeal smash that crosses generations.
“I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany
(#3 last week) What would have been the odds that there’d be TWO Tommy James-Shondells remakes in the top 10 at the same time, one twenty years later, the other nineteen? Unfortunately, only one of them was great.
“Heaven Is A Place On Earth” by Belinda Carlisle
(#2 last week) One of my all-time personal favorites! Lovely Belinda left the Go-Go’s (although she’d come back, off & on, for many years) for solo stardom, & this was her biggest hit. Ooh, baby, do you know what that’s worth?
“(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
(#1 last week; 2ns week at #1) Written by a Jersey boy, Frankie Previte, from Frankie & The Knockouts (1981’s “Sweetheart”). Won him the Oscar for Best Song, & made an unlikely candidate, Jennifer Warnes, a two-time #1 artist with movie songs. The other was “Up Where We Belong” in 1982. Nice to have Bill Medley, one-half of the Righteous Brothers, back as well. His most recent hit had been 13 long years earlier, 1974’s “Rock & Roll Heaven”.