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This Day In Music, September 22nd

On this day in 1984: John Waite went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Missing You.’ It was released in June 1984 as the lead single from his second album, No Brakes

It reached #1 on Billboard’s Album Rock Tracks chart, the Billboard Hot 100 as well as #9 on the U.K. singles chart. “Missing You” was the only record from 1984 to spend only one week at the top of the Hot 100. The song was nominated for the 1985 Best Pop Vocal Performance Male Grammy Award.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles charts from this day in 1984:

1 2 MISSING YOU –•– John Waite (EMI-America)-14 (1 Week at #1) (1)
2 4 LET’S GO CRAZY –•– Prince & The Revolution (Warner Brothers)-8 (2)
3 3 SHE BOP –•– Cyndi Lauper (Portrait)-10 (3)
4 1 WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT –•– Tina Turner (Capitol)-19 (1)
5 7 DRIVE –•– The Cars (Elektra)-8 (5)
6 6 IF THIS IS IT –•– Huey Lewis & The News (Chrysalis)-10 (6)
7 8 THE WARRIOR –•– Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth (Columbia)-13 (7)
8 10 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE –•– Sheila E. (Warner Brothers)-15 (8)
9 18 I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU –•– Stevie Wonder (Motown)-6 (9)
10 13 CRUEL SUMMER –•– Bananarama (London)-10 (10)

11 14 COVER ME –•– Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)-7 (11)
12 5 STUCK ON YOU –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-14 (3)
13 9 GHOSTBUSTERS –•– Ray Parker, Jr. (Arista)-15 (1)
14 20 HARD HABIT TO BREAK –•– Chicago (Full Moon / Warner Brothers)-8 (14)
15 15 DYNAMITE –•– Jermaine Jackson (Arista)-10 (15)
16 24 LUCKY STAR –•– Madonna (Sire)-5 (16)
17 19 WHEN YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES –•– Night Ranger (MCA / Camel)-11 (17)
18 12 LIGHTS OUT –•– Peter Wolf (EMI-America)-11 (12)
19 22 TORTURE –•– The Jacksons (Epic)-6 (19)
20 11 SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT –•– Corey Hart (EMI-America)-18 (7)

On this day in 1985: The first Farm Aid benefit concert was held before a crowd of 80,000 people at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. Organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, the event had been spurred on by Bob Dylan’s comments at Live Aid earlier that year that he hoped some of the money would help American farmers. The star studded line-up of country stars included: Alabama, Hoyt Axton, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels Band, John Denver, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Roger Miller, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Willie Nelson, Charley Pride, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Rogers.

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