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This Day In Music, October 20th

On this day in 1987: Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam were at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Lost In Emotion.” The song was their second #1 single (having scored their first earlier in the year with “Head To Toe”). The song also went to #1 on the Black Singles chart, and #8 on the dance chart.

Full Force member Lou George describes “Lost in Emotion” as “a combination” of two Mary Wells’ hits: “Two Lovers” and “You beat Me To the Punch”, an idea which occurred to George as the result of his playing Wells’ Greatest Hits album on which “Two Lovers” and “You Beat Me to the Punch” were sequential tracks. George – “We didn’t steal the riffs: all we did was get the flavoring…We [used] a xylophone and some bells because back in the Motown days they always used those simple instruments.”

Here’s a look at the complete Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1987:

1 2 LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam (Columbia)-12 (1) (1 Week at #1)
2 5 U GOT THE LOOK –•– Prince with Sheena Easton (Paisley Park)-12 (2)
3 3 CARRIE –•– Europe (Epic)-12 (3)
4 8 BAD –•– Michael Jackson (Epic)-5 (4)
5 11 CAUSING A COMMOTION –•– Madonna (Sire)-6 (5)
6 1 HERE I GO AGAIN –•– Whitesnake (Geffen)-16 (1)
7 7 WHO WILL YOU RUN TO –•– Heart (Capitol)-10 (7)
8 10 CASANOVA –•– Levert (Atlantic)-10 (8)
9 9 PAPER IN FIRE –•– John Cougar Mellencamp (Mercury)-10 (9)
10 4 I HEARD A RUMOUR –•– Bananarama (London)-14 (4)

11 15 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW –•– Tiffany (MCA)-8 (11)
12 12 LET ME BE THE ONE –•– Expose (Arista)-10 (12)
13 16 LITTLE LIES –•– Fleetwood Mac (Warner Brothers)-8 (13)
14 17 MONY MONY –•– Billy Idol (Chrysalis)-7 (14)
15 6 DIDN’T WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL –•– Whitney Houston (Arista)-12 (1)
16 18 BREAKOUT –•– Swing Out Sister (Mercury)-10 (16)
17 13 JUMP START –•– Natalie Cole (Manhattan)-13 (13)
18 19 YOU ARE THE GIRL –•– The Cars (Elektra)-8 (18)
19 21 IT’S A SIN –•– Pet Shop Boys (EMI-America)-7 (19)
20 30 BRILLIANT DISGUISE –•– Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)-3 (20)

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