On this day in 1986: The Pet Shop Boys were enjoying the top spot on the U.S. singles chart with ‘West End Girls’. ‘West End Girls’ would only spend one week at #1, as Whitney Houston’s ‘Greatest Love of All’ would take the top spot on May 10th.
The first version of ‘West End Girls’ was produced by Bobby Orlando and was released on Columbia Records’ Bobcat Records imprint in April 1984, becoming a club hit in the United States and some European countries. After the duo signed with EMI, the song was re-recorded with producer Steven Hague, for their first studio album, ‘Please’. In October 1985, the new version was released, reaching number one in the United Kingdom and the United States in 1986.