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1980

 

Did you wonder who shot J.R.? How to braid your hair like Bo Derek? Is that ash from Mt. St. Helens in your backyard? Do you believe in miracles? Did you mind missing M*A*S*H to watch the US hockey team win a gold medal? The 1980's would begin with a lot of excitement & changes. We elected former actor, Ronald Reagan, to be president as the Iran hostage crisis dragged on. Steve McQueen died from cancer as John Lennon is shot & killed one month later. The Philadelphia Phillies, L.A. Lakers & Pittsburgh Steelers (4th in a row) won titles. Jane Fonda told us that the way to wear those skin tight Jordache jeans at the rollerdisco was to buy her workout video. We flocked to theater to see the Star Wars sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, 9 To 5, Airplane!, and Oscar-winning performances in Ordinary People, Coal Miner's Daughter & Raging Bull. And we listened to:

 

song title

artist

Top 40 peak

R&B peak

peak date

Please Don't Go KC & The Sunshine Band 1[1] 1/5
Ladies Night Kool & The Gang 8 1[3] 1/12
Chiquitita ABBA 29 1/12
Savannah Nights Tom Johnston 34 1/12
Rapper's Delight Sugarhill Gang 36 4 1/12
I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love Rita Coolidge 38 1/12
Rock With You Michael Jackson 1[4] 1[6] 1/19
We Don't Talk Anymore Cliff Richard 7 1/19
Cool Change Little River Band 10 1/19
Better Love Next Time Dr. Hook 12 1/19
Jane Jefferson Starship 14 1/19
Rotation Herb Alpert 30 20 1/19
Coward Of The County Kenny Rogers 3 1/26
I Wanna Be Your Lover Prince 11 1[2] 1/26
Wait For Me Hall & Oates 18 1/26
Third Time Lucky(First Time I Was A Fool) Foghat 23 1/26
Cruisin' Smokey Robinson 4 4 2/2
Sara Fleetwood Mac 7 2/2
The Long Run the Eagles 9 2/2
Don't Do Me Like That Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 10 2/2
Deja Vu Dionne Warwick 15 25 2/2
Don't Let Go Isaac Hayes 18 11 2/2
Forever Mine the O'Jays 28 4 2/2
Do You Love What You Feel Rufus & Chaka 30 1[3] 2/2
Voices Cheap Trick 32 2/2
Last Train To London Electric Light Orchestra 39 2/2
This Is It Kenny Loggins 11 19 2/9
Why Me Styx 26 2/9
Lost Her In The Sun John Stewart 34 2/9
Do That To Me One More Time Captain & Tenille 1[1] 58 2/16
Fool In The Rain Led Zeppelin 21 2/16
I Can't Help Myself(Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) Bonnie Pointer 40 42 2/16
Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen 1[4] 2/23
Daydream Believer Anne Murray 12 2/23
Wonderland the Commodores 25 21 2/23
Let Me Go, Love Nicolette Larson w/Michael McDonald 35 96 2/23
Yes, I'm Ready Teri Desario w/KC 2 20 3/1
An American Dream The Dirt Band 13 3/1
September Morn Neil Diamond 17 3/1
When I Wanted You  Barry Manilow 20 3/1
Kiss Me In The Rain Barbra Streisand 37 3/1
Desire Andy Gibb 4 49 3/8
On The Radio Donna Summer 5 9 3/8
When A Man Loves A Woman Bette Midler 35 3/8
Longer Dan Fogelberg 2 3/15
Refugee Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 15 3/15
Heartbreaker Pat Benatar 23 3/15
99 Toto 26 3/15
Back On My Feet Again the Babys 33 3/15
I Thank You Z.Z. Top 34 3/15
Baby Talks Dirty the Knack 38 3/15
Another Brick In The Wall (Part 1) Pink Floyd 1[4] 3/22
The Second Time Around Shalamar 8 1[1] 3/22
Give It All You Got Chuck Mangione 18 32 3/22
Come Back J. Geils Band 32 3/22
Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me, Girl the Spinners 2 6 3/29
Him Rupert Holmes 6 3/29
Three Times In Love Tommy James 19 3/29
Even It Up Heart 33 3/29
Too Hot Kool & The Gang 5 3 4/5
Years Wayne Newton 35 4/5
Off The Wall Michael Jackson 10 5 4/12
And The Beat Goes On the Whispers 19 1[5] 4/12
Keep The Fire Kenny Loggins 36 4/12
Call Me Blondie 1[6] 4/19
With You I'm Born Again Billy Preston & Syreeta 4 86 4/19
Special Lady Ray, Goodman & Brown 5 1[1] 4/19
I Can't Tell You Why the Eagles 8 4/19
Set Me Free Utopia 27 4/19
Carrie Cliff Richard 34 4/19
Only A Lonely Heart Sees Felix Cavaliere 36 4/19
Ride Like The Wind Christopher Cross

2

4/26
I Pledge My Love Peaches & Herb 19 37 4/26
Think About Me Fleetwood Mac 20 4/26
Any Way You Want It Journey 23 4/26
Fire In The Morning Melissa Manchester 32 4/26
Lost In Love Air Supply 3 5/3
You May Be Right Billy Joel 7 5/3
Hold On To My Love Jimmy Ruffin 10 29 5/3
Pilot Of The Airwaves Charlie Dore 13 5/3
Starting Over Again Dolly Parton 36 5/10
Breakdown Dead Ahead Boz Scaggs 15 5/17
Do Right Paul Davis 23 5/17
Let Me Be The Clock Smokey Robinson 31 4 5/17
Headed For A Fall Firefall 35 5/17
Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer Kenny Rogers w/Kim Carnes 4 5/24
Sexy Eyes Dr. Hook 5 67 5/24
Stomp! Brothers Johnson 7 1[2] 5/24
Hurt So Bad Linda Ronstadt 8 5/24
I Can't Help It Andy Gibb & Olivia Newton-John 12 5/24
Heart Hotels Dan Fogelberg 21 5/24
Train In Vain (Stand By Me) the Clash 23 5/24
The Seduction James Last Band 28 5/24
I Don't Want To Walk Without You Barry Manilow 36 5/24
Don't Say Goodnight (It's Time For Love) Isley Brothers 39 1[4] 5/24
Funkytown Lipps Inc. 1[4] 2 5/31
Brass In Pocket(I'm Special) the Pretenders 14 5/31
Gee Whiz Bernadette Peters 31 5/31
Love Stinks J. Geils Band 38 5/31
Biggest Part Of Me Ambrosia 3 6/7
Cars Gary Numan 9 6/7
Wondering Where The Lions Are Bruce Cockburn 21 6/7
Lady the Whispers 28 3 6/7
New Romance (It's A Mystery) Spider 39 6/7
Against The Wind Bob Seger 5 6/14
We Live For Love Pat Benatar 27 6/14
Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone Manhattan Transfer 30 6/14
We Were Meant To Be Lovers Photoglo 31 6/14
Theme From New York New York Frank Sinatra 32 6/14
She's Out Of My Life Michael Jackson 10 43 6/21
Angel Say No Tommy Tutone 38 6/21
Coming Up(Live At Glasgow) Paul McCartney 1[3] 6/28
The Rose Bette Midler 3 6/28
Should've Never Let You Go Neil & Dara Sedaka 19 6/28
Answering Machine Rupert Holmes 32 6/28

 

 

 

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