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This Day In Music, October 26th

On this day in 1985: Whitney Houston went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Saving All My Love For You’, also a #1 hit in the U.K.

It was written by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin with arrangement by Gene Page. It was originally a minor hit for Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. in 1978 on their album ‘Marilyn & Billy.’ It was covered by Whitney Houston, for her debut, self-titled album, which was released on February 14, 1985, by Arista Records. The song was the second single released from the album in the United States and third worldwide.

The song received positive reviews from music critics, who picked it as one of the album’s highlights and praised its melodious production and Houston’s vocal performance. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Commercially, the song topped the Billboard Hot 100, being her first #1 on the charts; it also went to #1 in both the U.K. and Ireland, and was her first major hit in the British Isles.

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

1 2 SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU –•– Whitney Houston (Arista)-11 (1 Week at #1) (1)
2 3 PART-TIME LOVER –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-8 (2)
3 1 TAKE ON ME –•– A-Ha (Warner Brothers)-16 (1)
4 5 MIAMI VICE THEME –•– Jan Hammer (MCA)-8 (4)
5 10 HEAD OVER HEELS –•– Tears For Fears (Mercury)-7 (5)
6 4 OH SHEILA –•– Ready For The World (MCA)-13 (1)
7 6 LONELY OL’ NIGHT –•– John Cougar Mellencamp (Riva)-10 (6)
8 9 FORTRESS AROUND YOUR HEART –•– Sting (A&M)-10 (8)
9 11 I’M GOIN’ DOWN –•– Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)-8 (9)
10 15 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY –•– Glenn Frey (MCA)-7 (10)

11 12 LOVIN’ EVERY MINUTE OF IT –•– Loverboy (Columbia)-10 (11)
12 7 MONEY FOR NOTHING –•– Dire Straits (Warner Brothers)-16 (1)
13 17 WE BUILT THIS CITY –•– Starship (Grunt)-8 (13)
14 16 I’M GONNA TEAR YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN –•– Paul Young (Columbia)-8 (14)
15 8 DANCING IN THE STREET –•– Mick Jagger & David Bowie (EMI-America)-9 (7)
16 18 BE NEAR ME –•– ABC (Mercury)-10 (16)
17 19 ONE NIGHT LOVE AFFAIR –•– Bryan Adams (A&M)-7 (17)
18 21 YOU ARE MY LADY –•– Freddie Jackson (Capitol)-8 (18)
19 24 LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME –•– Thompson Twins (Arista)-6 (19)
20 29 SEPARATE LIVES –•– Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin (Atlantic)-4 (20)

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