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This Day In 80s Music, January 19th

On this day in 1980: The Pretenders scored their first U.K. #1 hit with their third single ‘Brass In Pocket’. Singer Chrissie Hynde got the idea for the song’s title when, during an after-show dinner, she overheard someone enquiring if anyone had, “Picked up dry cleaning? Any brass in pocket?” Also on this day in 1980, the band’s self-titled debut album (which contains ‘Brass In Pocket’) started a four-week run at #1 on the U.K. album chart .

Also on this day in 1980: Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ started a 15-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart. The group’s third U.S. #1 album, it went on to sell over 23 million copies in the U.S. alone. ‘The Wall’ is still the third largest grossing album in the U.S., behind Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ and “The Eagles Greatest Hits.”

Also on this day in 1980: Michael Jackson went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Rock With You.”

‘Rock With You’ was written by Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones. It was first offered to Karen Carpenter while she was working on her first solo album, but she turned it down. It was released on November 3, 1979, by Epic Records as the second single from Jackson’s fifth solo studio album ‘Off the Wall.’ It would be the third #1 hit of the 1980s, a decade whose pop singles chart would soon be dominated by Jackson.

It reached #1 on both the U.S. pop (Jackson’s third #1 on this chart) and R&B charts (Jackson’s second #1 on that chart). It spent a total of four weeks at the top position on the Billboard Hot 100 from January 19 to February 9, 1980, and six weeks (from January 5 to February 9, 1980) on the R&B chart. According to Billboard, the song was the fourth biggest single of 1980. It is also considered one of the last big hits of the disco era.

Here’s a look at what was happening on the U.S. singles chart on this day back in 1980:

1 2 ROCK WITH YOU –•– Michael Jackson (Epic)-12 (1 week at #1) (1)
2 3 DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME –•– The Captain and Tennille (Casablanca)-14 (2)
3 1 ESCAPE (The Pina Colada Song) –•– Rupert Holmes (Infinity)-14 (1)
4 7 COWARD OF THE COUNTY –•– Kenny Rogers (United Artists)-10 (4)
5 4 SEND ONE YOUR LOVE –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-12 (4)
6 12 CRUISIN’ –•– Smokey Robinson (Tamla)-16 (6)
7 9 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE –•– Cliff Richard (EMI-America)-14 (7)
8 8 LADIES NIGHT –•– Kool and the Gang (De-Lite)-16 (8)
9 5 PLEASE DON’T GO –•– K.C. and the Sunshine Band (T.K.)-22 (1)
10 11 COOL CHANGE –•– Little River Band (Capitol)-14 (10)

11 13 THE LONG RUN –•– Eagles (Asylum)-7 (11)
12 14 BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME –•– Dr. Hook (Capitol)-15 (12)
13 16 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER –•– Prince (Warner Brothers)-9 (13)
14 15 JANE –•– Jefferson Starship (Grunt)-12 (14)
15 20 SARA –•– Fleetwood Mac (Warner Brothers)-6 (15)
16 17 THIS IS IT –•– Kenny Loggins (Columbia)-14 (16)
17 19 DON’T DO ME LIKE THAT –•– Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Backstreet)-10 (17)
18 30 CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE –•– Queen (Elektra)-5 (18)
19 21 WAIT FOR ME –•– Daryl Hall and John Oates (RCA)-13 (19)
20 22 DON’T LET GO –•– Isaac Hayes (Polydor)-13 (20)


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