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This Day In Music, September 8th

On this day in 1984: Stevie Wonder had his first U.K #1 with ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’. Taken from the film ‘The Woman In Red’, it was 18 years after Wonder’s chart debut in 1966. The song stayed at #1 for six weeks in the U.K. It remains Wonder’s best-selling single to date, having topped a record 19 charts. There was a dispute among Wonder, his former writing partner Lee Garrett, and Lloyd Chiate as to who actually wrote the song. Chiate claimed in a lawsuit that he and Garrett wrote the song years before its 1984 release; however, a jury ultimately sided with Wonder.

Let’s take a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day in 1984:

1 1 WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT –•– Tina Turner (Capitol)-17 (2 Weeks at #1) (1)
2 2 MISSING YOU –•– John Waite (EMI-America)-12 (2)
3 6 SHE BOP –•– Cyndi Lauper (Portrait)-8 (3)
4 4 GHOSTBUSTERS –•– Ray Parker, Jr. (Arista)-13 (1)
5 3 STUCK ON YOU –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-12 (3)
6 8 LET’S GO CRAZY –•– Prince & The Revolution (Warner Brothers)-6 (6)
7 9 IF THIS IS IT –•– Huey Lewis & The News (Chrysalis)-8 (7)
8 11 THE WARRIOR –•– Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth (Columbia)-11 (8)
9 7 SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT –•– Corey Hart (EMI-America)-16 (7)
10 14 DRIVE –•– The Cars (Elektra)-6 (10)

11 5 WHEN DOVES CRY –•– Prince (Warner Brothers)-15 (1)
12 13 LIGHTS OUT –•– Peter Wolf (EMI-America)-9 (12)
13 16 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE –•– Sheila E. (Warner Brothers)-13 (13)
14 10 IF EVER YOU’RE IN MY ARMS AGAIN –•– Peabo Bryson (Elektra)-18 (10)
15 17 ROCK ME TONITE –•– Billy Squier (Capitol)-10 (15)
16 12 ROUND AND ROUND –•– Ratt (Atlantic)-13 (12)
17 22 COVER ME –•– Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)-5 (17)
18 21 CRUEL SUMMER –•– Bananarama (London)-8 (18)
19 19 ALL OF YOU –•– Julio Iglesias & Diana Ross (Columbia)-10 (19)
20 20 DYNAMITE –•– Jermaine Jackson (Arista)-8 (20)

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