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This Day In Music, July 12th

On this day in 1980: Olivia Newton-John and the Electric Light Orchestra were at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with ‘Xanadu’, taken from the film of the same name. It gave Olivia Newton-John her third U.K. #1 single.

On this day in 1986: Simply Red scored their first U.S. #1 single with “Holding Back The Years’. Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall wrote the song when he was seventeen, while living at his father’s house. The chorus did not come to him until many years later.

Here’s a look at the entire Top 10 on the U.S. singles chart from this day in 1986:

1 2 HOLDING BACK THE YEARS –•– Simply Red (Elektra)-15 (1 Week at #1)
2 6 INVISIBLE TOUCH –•– Genesis (Atlantic)-7 (2)
3 1 THERE’LL BE SAD SONGS –•– Billy Ocean (Jive)-13 (1)
4 5 NASTY –•– Janet Jackson (A&M)-9 (4)
5 3 WHO’S JOHNNY –•– El DeBarge (Gordy)-12 (3)
6 9 SLEDGEHAMMER –•– Peter Gabriel (Geffen)-10 (6)
7 10 DANGER ZONE –•– Kenny Loggins (Columbia)-10 (7)
8 4 NO ONE IS TO BLAME –•– Howard Jones (Elektra)-14 (4)
9 12 YOUR WILDEST DREAMS –•– Moody Blues (Polydor)-13 (9)
10 11 TUFF ENUFF –•– Fabulous Thunderbirds (CBS Associated)-13 (10)

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