Don’s Top 10 Hits from This Week in 1983
On the first edition of "Don's Top 10" we spotlight the year 1983! Listen tonight at midnight to hear the Top hits from this week in November of 1983, representing a great variety of several genres. Here's a sneak peak at this week's list!
"Cum On Feel the Noize" was a remake of a big 1973 U.K. hit by Slade. Sadly, lead singer Kevin DuBrow was found dead from a drug O.D. in 2007.
Dolly Parton was Kenny Rogers's fourth duet partner, following Kim Carnes, Dottie West and Sheena Easton. "Islands in the Stream" was penned by the Bee Gees, who were still coming up with hits for other artists, even though top 40 radio were no longer playing their songs.
Following Paul's collaboration on "The Girl Is Mine" from Michael's "Thriller" album one year earlier, MJ returned the favor. It's amazing how this song has disappeared from the airwaves, even though it was a huge smash from two of the biggest artists of all time.
After a string of soft-rock hits from 1980 to 1982, the duo from Australia managed to deliver one more smash, this time produced by Meat Loaf's main man Jim Steinman, who surprisingly gave the Air Supply hit a sound very similar Meat Loaf's.
The second single from Billy Joel's album, "An Innocent Man", is a direct homage to the Four Seasons and their great 60s hits. Radio couldn't wait to play this one, while "Tell Her About It" was still in the top 30.
Even though Chaka Khan had already established herself as a solo artist by 1983, she still performed with her old band. Case in point, this funky gem, which was a much bigger hit locally here in New Jersey than nationally.
Even though this British synth-pop band scored ten Top 10 singles in their home territory, they managed just one hit here in the states with this gorgeous ballad. They got their name when they saw it scrawled on a bathroom wall in Berlin!
Roberta Flack's best-known duet partner was the late Donny Hathaway ( with "Where Is The Love" and "The Closer I Get To You"), but don't forget this slow-dance hit with 80s heartthrob Peabo Bryson...Perfect for that first dance!
Finally slipping from the top spot after seven big weeks, the woman who many compared to Rod Stewart because of her raspy voice is still best-known for this giant hit. Bonnie Tyler's hit gave producer/writer Jim Steinman two entries in this week's top 10. Among the musicians on the song were two members of the E Street Band: drummer Max Weinberg, keyboardist Roy Bittan and guitarist Rick Derringer. The famous "turn around bright eyes" part of the record was actually sung by someone named Rory Dodd.
"All Night Long" sounded nothing Lionel Richie's recordings to date. It was a lilting, breezy, Caribbean-spiced ode to dancing and partying. Lionel performed this song at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in front of 2.6 billion people.