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This Day In Music, August 13th

On this day in 1983: KC and the Sunshine Band were at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with ‘Give It Up’. The American disco group’s only U.K. chart topper spent three weeks at #1.

Following the backlash against many disco artists on the charts at the beginning of the 1980s, the song was a comeback hit for the act in the U.S. Epic Records refused to release it; however, the independent Meca Records label showed its support and the song peaked at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March of 1984. The song had been an even bigger hit in the U.K. several months earlier, where it had hit #1 for three weeks in August of 1983. It went on to become the 18th best-selling single of the year in the U.K. It was the last of the band’s hits in the U.S. and U.K., and the most successful of its 10 U.K. hits.

Let’s take a look at what was happening on the U.S. Singles Chart on this day in 1983. Here are the Top 20 songs from this day back in 1983:

1 1 EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE –•– The Police (A&M)-10 (5 weeks at #1) (1)
2 6 SWEET DREAMS (Are Made Of This) –•– The Eurythmics (RCA)-13 (2)
3 8 SHE WORKS HARD FOR THE MONEY –• Donna Summer (Mercury)-11 (3)
4 5 IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW –•–Duran Duran (Capitol)-10 (4)
5 3 FLASHDANCE…WHAT A FEELING –•– Irene Cara (Casablanca)-19 (1)
6 2 ELECTRIC AVENUE –•– Eddy Grant (Portrait)-17 (2)
7 11 MANIAC –•– Michael Sembello (Casablanca)-10 (7)
8 4 NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO Sergio Mendes (with Joe Pizzulo & Leza Miller) (A&M)-17 (4)
9 9 STAND BACK –•– Stevie Nicks (Modern)-10 (9)
10 7 WANNA BE STARTIN’ SOMETHIN’ –•– Michael Jackson (Epic)-11 (5)

11 15 IT’S A MISTAKE –•– Men At Work (Columbia)-6 (11)
12 10 OUR HOUSE –•– Madness (Geffen)-14 (7)
13 17 (Keep Feeling) FASCINATION –•– The Human League (A&M)-11 (13)
14 18 HOT GIRLS IN LOVE –•– Loverboy (Columbia)-9 (14)
15 16 CUTS LIKE A KNIFE –•– Bryan Adams (A&M)-9 (15)
16 13 COME DANCING –•– The Kinks (Arista)-14 (6)
17 12 **1999** –•– Prince (Warner Brothers)-22 (12)
18 20 CHINA GIRL –•– David Bowie (EMI-America)-10 (18)
19 19 ROCK OF AGES –•– Def Leppard (Mercury)-9 (19)
20 25 I’LL TUMBLE 4 YA –•– Culture Club (Virgin)-6 (20)

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