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This Day In Music, February 16th

On this day in 1980: The Captain and Tennille went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Do That To Me One More Time.”

It was the duo’s 13th charting hit in the United States, and their second #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was included on the duo’s 1979 studio album, ‘Make Your Move’, and was written by Toni Tennille. It features a lyricon solo by saxophonist Tom Scott, though Captain mimed to this part on a descant recorder in the promotional video. Even though an edited version was released as a single, yet another version was created for their many TV performances promoting the song. This version contained a “natural” ending, opposed to the fade-out ending that was featured on the single and album versions. This version was mainly lip-synced by Tennille on such TV programs.

After a decline in popularity from the height of their success in the mid-1970s, the Captain and Tennille signed with Casablanca Records under the guidance of Neil Bogart. “Do That to Me One More Time” was a comeback for the duo, but they failed to achieve further success on Casablanca and their contract was not renewed. Vocalist and songwriter Toni Tennille played the song for Bogart at her house with husband Daryl Dragon on an electric piano. Bogart reacted enthusiastically, saying: “That’s a smash! There’s no doubt in my mind that’s going to be your first single.”

“Do That to Me One More Time” became Captain & Tennille’s second and final #1 hit (also their final Top 40 song in the U.S.) when it reached the pinnacle of the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week of February 16, 1980. The song had logged four consecutive weeks in the runner-up position on this chart behind Michael Jackson’s hit “Rock With You” before ascending to the top of the chart. The song spent a single week in the top position before being succeeded on February 23, 1980 by Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”. Overall, “Do That to Me One More Time” spent 27 weeks on the Hot 100. It would be ranked the #5 song for the year of 1980 by Billboard Magazine.

Here’s a look at the complete Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1980:

1 2 DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME –•– The Captain and Tennille (Casablanca)-18 (1 week at #1) (1)
2 5 CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE –•– Queen (Elektra)-9 (2)
3 3 COWARD OF THE COUNTY –•– Kenny Rogers (United Artists)-14 (3)
4 4 CRUISIN’ –•– Smokey Robinson (Tamla)-20 (4)
5 1 ROCK WITH YOU –•– Michael Jackson (Epic)-16 (1)
6 6 YES, I’M READY –•– Teri DeSario with K.C. (Casablanca)-14 (6)
7 7 SARA –•– Fleetwood Mac (Warner Brothers)-10 (7)
8 9 LONGER –•– Dan Fogelberg (Epic / Full Moon)-10 (8)
9 14 ON THE RADIO –•– Donna Summer (Casablanca)-6 (9)
10 13 DESIRE –•– Andy Gibb (RSO)-4 (10)

11 11 THIS IS IT –•– Kenny Loggins (Columbia)-18 (11)
12 10 DON’T DO ME LIKE THAT –•– Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (Backstreet)-14 (10)
13 17 DAYDREAM BELIEVER –•– Anne Murray (Capitol)-9 (13)
14 16 ROMEO’S TUNE –•– Steve Forbert (Nemperor)-12 (14)
15 8 THE LONG RUN –•– Eagles (Asylum)-11 (8)
16 19 AN AMERICAN DREAM –•– The Dirt Band (United Artists)-11 (16)
17 25 WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU / FORGIVE ME GIRL (Medley) –•– The Spinners (Atlantic)-10 (17)
18 32 ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (Part 2) –•– Pink Floyd (Columbia)-5 (18)
19 21 SEPTEMBER MORN’ –•– Neil Diamond (Columbia)-9 (19)
20 33 THE SECOND TIME AROUND –•– Shalamar (Solar)-11 (20)

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