Don’s Top 10 From October 12, 1988
Back…back…back into the mists of time, as the Time Machine lands on Wednesday, October 12, 1988. Let’s check out the local survey:amazon.com
“Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
(#6 last week) I admit, this was not one of my favorites when new. I’m just not a metalhead or hard rocker, but something about the hook of this huge hit has gotten to me over the years. So I’m in!
“Please Don’t Go Girl” by New Kids On The Block
(#12 last week) The first hit of the “boy band” era. Again, a song I didn’t appreciate at the time, but now I’m hearing traces of classic soul in it..
“Don’t Be Cruel” by Cheap Trick
(#9 last week) Talk about a forgotten hit! This has completely disappeared from radio. Good to bring it back. And how about another “Don’t Be Cruel” on the chart! Bobby Brown is at #14 with a different song that has the same title. Weird chart coincidence.
“Kokomo” by The Beach Boys
(#14 last week) One of the most polarizing songs in music history. An instant huge smash, there’s very little in-between here: either you love it or you hate it. No, Brian Wilson had nothing to do with it. Written by a couple of 60s vets, Papa John Phillips & Scott McKenzie.
“I’ll Always Love You” by Taylor Dayne
(#3 last week) Taylor’s real name is Leslie Wunderman. Hey, that’s a cool name! She should have kept it for show biz. In 1985, when Taylor was 23, she married an 18-year old guy.
“Bad Medicine” by Bon Jovi
(#8 last week) The first single from “New Jersey”, co -written by Jon, Richie & Desmond Child. Anyone remember when Desmond had his own group, Desmond Child & Rouge?
“Love Bites” by Def L:eppard
(#4 last week) At this time in 1988, after over 200 shows on tour in support of “Hysteria”, the band began work on their fifth album.
“A Groovy Kind Of Love” by Phil Collins
(#5 last week) The female voice on The Archies #1 hit “Sugar, Sugar” co-wrote this! I’m referring to Toni Wine, who also sang on Dawn’s “Candida” & “Knock Three Times”.
“Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin
(#1 last week) Along with “Kokomo” (both were from the movie “Cocktail”), another very polarizing hit record. The only a cappella song to ever hit #1. Bobby McFerrin used his astounding voice to make all the sounds heard here. The Grammy winner for Song Of The Year & Best Pop Vocal Performance.
“Red Red Wine” by UB40
(#2 last week; 1st week at #1) Originally a mid-chart record in 1984, this became one of those “secret weapon” undiscovered older songs that radio likes to find. Guy Zapoleon did, while in Phoenix, & used his influence to get this rereleased. This time, it went all the way to the top. UB40 did not know this was first written & recorded by Neil Diamond until after the record peaked at #1. They only saw “N. Diamond” & were surprised to learn later it was Neil. Hey, this wasn’t his only song about red wine. Remember “Cracklin’ Rosie”?