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This Day In Music, September 11th

On this day in 1982: Chicago started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Hard To Say I’m Sorry’, the group’s second U.S. #1 hit.

Here’s a look at the complete Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1982:

1 3 HARD TO SAY I’M SORRY –•– Chicago (Full Moon)-15 (1 week at #1) (1)
2 2 EYE OF THE TIGER –•– Survivor (Scotti Brothers)-15 (1)
3 1 ABRACADABRA –•– The Steve Miller Band (Capitol)-16 (1)
4 11 JACK & DIANE –•– John Cougar (Riva)-8 (4)
5 5 EVEN THE NIGHTS ARE BETTER –•– Air Supply (Arista)-14 (5)
6 6 YOU SHOULD HEAR HOW SHE TALKS ABOUT YOU –•– Melissa Manchester (Arista)-17 (6)
7 4 HOLD ME –•– Fleetwood Mac (Warner Brothers)-13 (4)
8 7 HURTS SO GOOD –•– John Cougar (Riva)-21 (2)
9 9 WASTED ON THE WAY –•– Crosby, Stills and Nash (Atlantic)-12 (9)
10 10 TAKE IT AWAY –•– Paul McCartney (Columbia)-10 (10)

11 8 VACATION –•– The Go-Go’s (I.R.S.)-11 (8)
12 12 LOVE IS IN CONTROL (Finger On the Trigger) –•– Donna Summer (Geffen)-12 (12)
13 13 LOVE WILL TURN YOU AROUND –•– Kenny Rogers (Liberty)-11 (13)
14 14 EYE IN THE SKY –•– The Alan Parsons Project (Arista)-11 (14)
15 15 WHO CAN IT BE NOW –•– Men At Work (Columbia)-10 (15)
16 16 AMERICAN MUSIC –•– The Pointer Sisters (Planet)-12 (16)
17 17 THINK I’M IN LOVE –•– Eddie Money (Columbia)-11 (17)
18 20 YOU CAN DO MAGIC –•– America (Capitol)-7 (18)
19 21 ONLY TIME WILL TELL –•– Asia (Geffen)-8 (19)
20 24 SOMEBODY’S BABY –•– Jackson Browne (Asylum)-7 (20)

Also on this day in 1982: John “Cougar” Mellencamp became the only male artist to have two singles in the U.S. Top Ten as well as the #1 album. ‘Jack and Diane’ was at #4, while ‘Hurts So Good’ was at #8. His album ‘American Fool’ was at #1 for the first of nine weeks.

On this day in 1987: Peter Gabriel cleaned up at the MTV Video Music Awards, winning best video, best male video, best concept video, best special effects and five other VMAs for the video ‘Sledgehammer’. 9 VMAs for one video is still the record!

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