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This Day In Music, November 3rd

On this day in 1984: Billy Ocean started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Caribbean Queen’.

Co-written and produced by Keith Diamond, it climbed to #1 on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Billboard Black Singles Chart and went to #6 on the U.K. singles chart. The song won Billy Ocean the 1985 Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal performance, making him the first British artist to win in that category.

The song was recorded under different titles for different parts of the world resulting in versions such as “European Queen” and “African Queen”. In the U.S., the song was released under the title “Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)”. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 at #85 on the chart dated August 11, 1984. It hit #1 ten weeks later and stayed at the top of the chart for two consecutive weeks. The song stayed on the Hot 100 chart for 26 weeks.

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

1 2 CARIBBEAN QUEEN (No More Love On The Run) –•– Billy Ocean (Jive)-13 (1 Week at #1) (1)
2 1 I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU –•– Stevie Wonder (Motown)-12 (1)
3 4 PURPLE RAIN –•– Prince & The Revolution (Warner Brothers)-5 (3)
4 3 HARD HABIT TO BREAK –• Chicago (Full Moon / Warner Brothers)-14 (3)
5 6 WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO-GO –•– Wham! (Columbia)-9 (5)
6 5 LUCKY STAR –•– Madonna (Sire)-11 (4)
7 7 ON THE DARK SIDE –•– Eddie & The Cruisers / John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band (Scotti Brothers)-21 (7)
8 13 BLUE JEAN –•– David Bowie (EMI-America)-8 (8)
9 16 BETTER BE GOOD TO ME –•– Tina Turner (Capitol)-8 (9)
10 15 I FEEL FOR YOU –•– Chaka Khan (Warner Brothers)-9 (10)

11 14 DESERT MOON –•– Dennis DeYoung (A&M)-9 (11)
12 20 OUT OF TOUCH –•– Daryl Hall & John Oates (RCA)-6 (12)
13 9 I’M SO EXCITED –•– The Pointer Sisters (Planet)-30 (9)
14 10 SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK –•– Rod Stewart (Warner Brothers)-11 (10)
15 18 STRUT –•– Sheena Easton (EMI-America)-11 (15)
16 17 WHO WEARS THESE SHOES? –•– Elton John (Geffen)-9 (16)
17 8 LET’S GO CRAZY –•– Prince & The Revolution (Warner Brothers)-14 (1)
18 26 PENNY LOVER –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-5 (18)
19 19 SWEPT AWAY –•– Diana Ross (RCA)-10 (19)
20 27 ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT –•– Cyndi Lauper (Portrait)-5 (20)

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