Don’s Top 10 from November 9th, 1985
Back into time once again, as “The Time Machine” stops on November 9, 1985. These were the local top 10 songs:
“You Are My Lady” by Freddie Jackson
(#10 last week) Smooth R&B man Freddie hit #1 on the Soul chart here, his second straight (after “Rock Me Tonight”). Like so many, he came out of the Gospel Music field.
“Oh Sheila” by Ready for the World
(#6 last week) Band from Flint, Michigan, discovered by a Detroit DJ with the cool name “The Electrifying Mojo”. Had one more pop hit after this catchy number, “Love You Down”, in ’86.
“Separate Lives” by Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
(#11 last week) Talk about a completely forgotten hit song! Has this even been played at all since ’85? Music from the soundtrack of an almost-equally forgotten movie, “White Nights”. Written by Stephen Bishop, who had three hits of his own as an artist.
“Head Over Heels” by Tears For Fears
(#7 last week) Third American hit (not the same “Head Over Heels” as the 1984 hit by the Go-Gos) for the British duo. Roland Orzabal described it as “a romance song that goes a bit perverse at the end”.
“Take On Me” by A-Ha
(#3 last week) Norwegan band who got to the top not only with a song so incredibly catchy it’s still used in commercials today, but a wildly inventive video that won many awards (including “Best Video” at the MTV Video Awards).
“You Belong To The City” by Glenn Frey
(#8 last week) Glenn hasn’t performed this solo hit from the “Miami Vice” soundtrack with the Eagles since 2005. All instruments were performed by Frey except the very tasty saxophone part played by studio musician Bill Bergman, as well as the drum track by Frey’s long-time drummer, Michael Huey.
“Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston
(#3 last week) Whitney’s second smash from her debut solo album. So young, so beautiful. So sad watching this now. This was originally co-written by Carole King’s former husband & songwriting partner, Gerry Goffin (with Michael Masser), for Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. on a 1978 album.
“Conga” by Miami Sound Machine
(#5 last week) Insanely catchy first single from the Machine’s second English-language album, but their ninth overall. People still get up & dance to this at family events like weddings.
“Miami Vice Theme” by Jan Hammer
(#2 last week) The last instrumental to hit #1! Where did they all go? Jan (pronounced Yan) Hammer’s the only Czech artist I can think of to ever have an American hit. The original idea for “Miami Vice” were two words: “MTV cops”. Supercool then, but dated now. And how ’bout those pushed up suit sleeves? Yikes.
“Part Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder
(#1 last week; 5th week at #1) A #1 hit on four different charts, a great achievement in an era where it was tough to be a multi-format hit. Stevie desrcibed the song as an ode to “You Can’t Hurry Love” & “My World Is Empty Without You,” both by The Supremes, former Motown label mates of Wonder.