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This Day In Music, February 23rd

On this day in 1980: U2 appeared at The Moonlight Club, at The Railway Hotel in London, tickets cost £2! Here’s some vintage U2 from 1980 at The Electric Co. in London:

On this day in 1985: Stevie Wonder was arrested during an anti-apartheid demonstration outside the South African Embassy in Washington; he was released after being questioned by police.

Also On this day in 1985: Wham! were starting their second of three weeks at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Careless Whisper.’ The song would go on to be ranked the #1 song of 1985 by Billboard magazine. The song was also ranked #1 on the smooth radio top 500 songs of all time chart!

Here’s a look at the complete Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1985:

1 1 CARELESS WHISPER –•– Wham! Featuring George Michael (Columbia)-10 (2 Weeks at #1) (1)
2 4 LOVERBOY –•– Billy Ocean (Jive)-13 (2)
3 3 EASY LOVER –•– Philip Bailey & Phil Collins (Columbia)-14 (2)
4 7 CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING –•– REO Speedwagon (Epic)-6 (4)
5 2 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS –•– Foreigner (Atlantic)-12 (1)
6 6 NEUTRON DANCE –•– The Pointer Sisters (Planet)-14 (6)
7 8 THE HEAT IS ON –•– Glenn Frey (MCA)-12 (7)
8 10 CALIFORNIA GIRLS –•– David Lee Roth (Warner Brothers)-6 (8)
9 5 METHOD OF MODERN LOVE –•– Daryl Hall & John Oates (RCA)-11 (5)
10 11 SUGAR WALLS –•– Sheena Easton (EMI-America)-10 (10)

11 14 THE OLD MAN DOWN THE ROAD –•– John Fogerty (Warner Brothers)-10 (11)
12 15 MR. TELEPHONE MAN –•– New Edition (MCA)-10 (12)
13 16 MISLED –•– Kool & The Gang (De-Lite)-14 (13)
14 12 SOLID –•– Ashford & Simpson (Capitol)-16 (12)
15 9 THE BOYS OF SUMMER –•– Don Henley (Geffen)-16 (5)
16 24 LOVERGIRL –•– Teena Marie (Epic)-11 (16)
17 23 TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES –•– Julian Lennon (Atlantic)-5 (17)
18 25 PRIVATE DANCER –•– Tina Turner (Capitol)-6 (18)
19 13 YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION –•– Chicago (Full Moon / Warner Brothers)-15 (3)
20 22 JUNGLE LOVE –•– The Time (Warner Brothers)-18 (20)

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