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This Day In Music, November 29th

On this day in 1980: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Double Fantasy’ album was released. Though initially poorly received, the album is notable for its association with Lennon’s murder three weeks after its release, whereupon it became a worldwide commercial success, and went on to win the 1981 Album of the Year Grammy at the 24th Annual Grammy Awards.

On this day in 1986: Bon Jovi went to # 1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘You Give Love A Bad Name.’ It was released as the first single from their 1986 album ‘Slippery When Wet. Written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Desmond Child about a woman who has jilted her lover, the song reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on November 29, 1986 and became the band’s first #1 hit. The song would spend one week in the top spot.

“You Give Love a Bad Name” was originally written for Bonnie Tyler under the title “If You Were a Woman (And I Was A Man)” with different lyrics. Dissatisfied with its lack of success in the U.S. and the U.K., Desmond Child re-wrote the song with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora.

The music video for the song used all-color concert footage (the only all-color video song from ‘Slippery When Wet’) and photogenic shots primarily of Jon Bon Jovi, as well as other band members in concert. This video was filmed at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Bon Jovi had been opening for .38 Special, but became a headlining act after the video debuted.

Here’s a look at the complete Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1986:

1 4 YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME –•Bon Jovi (Mercury)-13 (1 Week at #1) (1)
2 1 HUMAN –•– The Human League (A&M)-12 (1)
3 3 TRUE BLUE –•– Madonna (Sire)-9 (3)
4 7 THE NEXT TIME I FALL –•– Peter Cetera & Amy Grant (Full Moon / Warner Brothers)-11 (4)
5 8 HIP TO BE SQUARE –•– Huey Lewis & The News (Chrysalis)-7 (5)
6 6 WORD UP –•– Cameo (Atlanta Artists)-12 (6)
7 2 AMANDA –•– Boston (MCA)-10 (1)
8 9 THE WAY IT IS –•– Bruce Hornsby & The Range (RCA)-11 (8)
9 10 LOVE WILL CONQUER ALL –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-9 (9)
10 16 WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN –•– The Bangles (Columbia)-10 (10)

11 13 EVERYBODY HAVE FUN TONIGHT –•– Wang Chung (Geffen)-9 (11)
12 15 TO BE A LOVER –•– Billy Idol (Chrysalis)-9 (12)
13 5 TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT –•– Eddie Money (Columbia)-16 (4)
14 11 I’LL BE OVER YOU –•– Toto (Columbia)-14 (11)
15 19 STAND BY ME –•– Ben E. King (Atlantic)-23 (4)
16 21 NOTORIOUS –•– Duran Duran (Capitol)-5 (16)
17 23 SHAKE YOU DOWN –•– Gregory Abbott (Columbia)-7 (17)
18 12 THE RAIN –•– Oran “Juice” Jones (Def Jam)-12 (9)
19 22 DON’T GET ME WRONG –•– The Pretenders (Sire)-8 (19)
20 20 FREEDOM OVERSPILL –•– Steve Winwood (Island)-10 (20)


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