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This Day In Music, October 10th

On this day in 1980: The funeral took place for Led Zeppelin’s drummer John Bonham. ‘Bonzo’ was found dead at guitarist and band mate Jimmy Page’s house from what was described as asphyxiation, after inhaling his own vomit after excessive vodka consumption, (40 shots in 4 hours). He was 32 years old.

On this day in 1987: Whitesnake went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Here I Go Again’. Originally released on their 1982 album, Saints & Sinners, it was re-recorded for their 1987 self-titled album Whitesnake. The song was re-recorded again the same year in a new “radio-mix” version, which was released as a single and hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 10, 1987, and #9 on the UK Singles Chart on November 28, 1987. The 1987 version also hit #1 on the Canadian Singles Chart on October 24, 1987. In 2006, the 1987 version was ranked #17 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the ’80s.

Here’s the complete Top 20 on the U.S. Singles Chart from this day in 1987:

1 2 HERE I GO AGAIN –•– Whitesnake (Geffen)-15 (1) (1 Week at #1)
2 3 LOST IN EMOTION –•– Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam (Columbia)-11 (2)
3 5 CARRIE –•– Europe (Epic)-11 (3)
4 4 I HEARD A RUMOUR –•– Bananarama (London)-13 (4)
5 6 U GOT THE LOOK –•– Prince with Sheena Easton (Paisley Park)-11 (5)
6 1 DIDN’T WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL –•– Whitney Houston (Arista)-11 (1)
7 7 WHO WILL YOU RUN TO –•– Heart (Capitol)-9 (7)
8 16 BAD –•– Michael Jackson (Epic)-4 (8)
9 9 PAPER IN FIRE –•– John Cougar Mellencamp (Mercury)-9 (9)
10 11 CASANOVA –•– Levert (Atlantic)-9 (10)

11 14 CAUSING A COMMOTION –•– Madonna (Sire)-5 (11)
12 15 LET ME BE THE ONE –•– Expose (Arista)-9 (12)
13 13 JUMP START –•– Natalie Cole (Manhattan)-12 (13)
14 10 ONE HEARTBEAT –•– Smokey Robinson (Motown)-13 (10)
15 21 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW –•– Tiffany (MCA)-7 (15)
16 19 LITTLE LIES –•– Fleetwood Mac (Warner Brothers)-7 (16)
17 24 MONY MONY –•– Billy Idol (Chrysalis)-6 (17)
18 26 BREAKOUT –•– Swing Out Sister (Mercury)-9 (18)
19 23 YOU ARE THE GIRL –•– The Cars (Elektra)-7 (19)
20 8 WHEN SMOKEY SINGS –•– ABC (Mercury)-15 (5)

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