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This Day In Music, June 23rd

On this day in 1984: Duran Duran started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘The Reflex’, the group’s first U.S. #1. The song is off their third album, ‘Seven and the Ragged Tiger.’

‘The Reflex’ was the first of two songs that kept ‘Dancing In the Dark’ by Bruce Springsteen out of the top spot (the other one being ‘When Doves Cry’ by Prince). The band wanted it to be the lead single from Seven and the Ragged Tiger, but their label didn’t like the warbling singing during the “why don’t you use it” segments, thinking this would hinder its success as a stand-alone single track.

Filming and photography for the music video for “The Reflex” took place during the Seven and the Ragged Tiger tour at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario on March 5, 1984. Director Russell Mulcahy filmed some of the closeup footage in the indoor arena that afternoon, and the band’s performance was filmed live during that evening’s concert.

Here’s a look at the complete Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 on this day back in 1984:

1 2 THE REFLEX –•– Duran Duran (Capitol)-10 (1 Week at #1) (1)
2 1 TIME AFTER TIME –•– Cyndi Lauper (Portrait)-11 (1)
3 3 LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY –•– Deniece Williams (Columbia)-12 (1)
4 9 DANCING IN THE DARK –•– Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)-5 (4)
5 7 SELF CONTROL –•– Laura Branigan (Atlantic)-11 (5)
6 6 THE HEART OF ROCK ‘N ROLL–Huey Lewis & The News(Chrysalis)-10 (6)
7 8 JUMP (For My Love) –•– The Pointer Sisters (Planet)-9 (7)
8 17 WHEN DOVES CRY –•– Prince (Warner Brothers)-4 (8)
9 4 OH SHERRIE –•– Steve Perry (Columbia)-12 (3)
10 11 EYES WITHOUT A FACE –•– Billy Idol (Chrysalis)-8 (10)

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