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This Day In Music, September 16th

On this day in 1985: Kate Bush released her 5th studio album ‘Hounds of Love.’ The album’s lead single, ‘Running Up That Hill’, became one of Bush’s biggest hits and the album produced three further successful singles in the U.S./U.K., ‘Cloudbusting’, ‘Hounds of Love’, and ‘The Big Sky’. 

Also on this day in 1985: John Parr was enjoying his 2nd and final week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)’ from the film St. Elmo’s Fire. David Foster and John Parr were contracted to write a song for the film, but Parr struggled with inspiration for the lyrics. Foster showed Parr a news clip about the Canadian athlete Rick Hansen who at the time was going around the world in his wheelchair to raise awareness for spinal cord injuries. His journey was called the “Man in Motion Tour.” Parr decided to help the campaign by writing words that would fit vaguely with the film, but which directly referenced Hansen’s efforts. The song was then created and edited within 24 hours Members of the bands Toto, REO Speedwagon and Mr. Mister appear on the track.

Here’s a look at the entire Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1985:

1 1 ST. ELMO’S FIRE (Man In Motion) John Parr (Atlantic)-13 (2 Weeks at #1)
2 3 WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO –•– Tina Turner (Capitol)-11 (2)
3 6 MONEY FOR NOTHING –•– Dire Straits (Warner Brothers)-10 (3)
4 7 CHERISH –•– Kool & The Gang (De-Lite)-11 (4)
5 2 POWER OF LOVE –•– Huey Lewis & The News (Chrysalis)-12 (1)
6 8 DON’T LOSE MY NUMBER –•– Phil Collins (Atlantic)-9 (6)
7 4 FREEWAY OF LOVE –•– Aretha Franklin (Arista)-13 (3)
8 12 FREEDOM –•– Wham! (Columbia)-8 (8)
9 10 POP LIFE –•– Prince & The Revolution (Paisley Park)-8 (9)
10 11 INVINCIBLE (Theme From “The Legend Of Billie Jean”) –•– Pat Benatar (Chrysalis)-11 (10)

11 5 SUMMER OF ’69 –•– Bryan Adams (A&M)-12 (5)
12 9 YOU’RE ONLY HUMAN (Second Wind) –•– Billy Joel (Columbia)-10 (9)
13 15 DARE ME –•– The Pointer Sisters (RCA)-10 (13)
14 17 DRESS YOU UP –•– Madonna (Sire)-5 (14)
15 18 OH SHEILA –•– Ready For The World (MCA)-7 (15)
16 16 SMOKIN’ IN THE BOYS ROOM –•– Motley Crue (Elektra)-10 (16)
17 21 TAKE ON ME –•– A-Ha (Warner Brothers)-10 (17)
18 23 SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU –•– Whitney Houston (Arista)-5 (18)
19 25 LONELY OL’ NIGHT –•– John Cougar Mellencamp (Riva)-4 (19)
20 24 CRY –•– Godley & Creme (Polydor)-9 (20)

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