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This Day In Music, January 18th

On this day in 1987: Gregory Abbott was at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Shake You Down.’ It would spend only one week in the top spot.

‘Shake You Down’ was released in August 1986 as the lead single and title track from his debut album ‘Shake You Down.’ It became Abbott’s biggest hit and was certified platinum by the RIAA. Gregory Abbott wrote the song along with over 30 others before striking a record deal with CBS. He recorded a demo tape and chose the best three.

‘Shake You Down’ went to #1 on the R&B chart in October of 1986, and on January 17, 1987, it reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Billboard ranked it as the #3 song for the entire year of 1987. It was also a hit across the Atlantic Ocean, peaking at #6 in the U.K. (spending a total of 13 weeks on the U.K. singles chart). It was not intended as the original lead single to promote the album, as “I Got the Feeling” was scheduled to be the first single. It was postponed as the follow-up, peaking at #56.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 from this day back in 1987:

1 3 SHAKE YOU DOWN –•– Gregory Abbott (Columbia)-14 (1) (1 Week at #1)
2 5 C’EST LA VIE –•– Robbie Nevil (EMI-America)-15 (2)
3 2 NOTORIOUS –•– Duran Duran (Capitol)-12 (2)
4 1 WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN –•– Bangles (Columbia)-17 (1)
5 9 AT THIS MOMENT –•– Billy Vera & The Beaters (Rhino)-14 (5)
6 6 CONTROL –•– Janet Jackson (A&M)-12 (6)
7 15 OPEN YOUR HEART –•– Madonna (Sire)-7 (7)
8 11 LAND OF CONFUSION –•– Genesis (Atlantic)-12 (8)
9 10 IS THIS LOVE –•– Survivor (Scotti Brothers)-13 (9)
10 4 EVERYBODY HAVE FUN TONIGHT –•– Wang Chung (Geffen)-16 (2)

11 13 VICTORY –•– Kool & The Gang (Mercury)- 12 (11)
12 17 SOMEDAY –•– Glass Tiger (Manhattan)-12 (12)
13 21 CHANGE OF HEART –•– Cyndi Lauper (Portrait)-8 (13)
14 8 WAR –•– Bruce Springsteen & The E. Street Band (Columbia)-9 (8)
15 7 THE WAY IT IS –•– Bruce Hornsby & The Range (RCA)-18 (1)
16 23 TOUCH ME (I Want Your Body) –•– Samantha Fox (Jive)-12 (16)
17 16 LOVE IS FOREVER –•– Billy Ocean (Jive)-13 (16)
18 12 STAND BY ME –•– Ben E. King (Atlantic)-16 (9)
19 22 ALL I WANTED –•– Kansas (MCA)-12 (19)
20 27 KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF –•-Georgia Satellites (Elektra)-9 (20)

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