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This Day In Music, March 8th

On this day in 1986: Diana Ross was at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with ‘Chain Reaction.’ It was written and produced by The Bee Gees (who also provided the backing vocals for the single). The single became her first #1 single in the U.K. since ‘I’m Still Waiting’ in 1971.

Also on this day in 1986: Mr. Mister started their second and final week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Kyrie.’ It would go on to be ranked the #9 song for the entire year of 1986 by Billboard Magazine.

‘Kyrie’ is off Mr. Mister’s second album ‘Welcome To The Real World’ which produced two #1 hits, ‘Kyrie’ and ‘Broken Wings.’ It also produced an additional Top 10 hit, ‘Is It Love’ which peaked at #8 on the U.S. singles chart. ‘Welcome To The Real World’ was ranked the 7th biggest album of 1986 by Billboard and would receive platinum certification in the U.S. with over one million copies sold.

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

1 1 KYRIE –•– Mr. Mister (RCA)-12 (2 Weeks at #1) (1)
2 3 SARA –•– Starship (Grunt)-11 (2)
3 2 HOW WILL I KNOW –•– Whitney Houston (Arista)-14 (1)
4 10 THESE DREAMS –•– Heart (Capitol)-8 (4)
5 9 SECRET LOVERS –•– Atlantic Starr (A&M)-11 (5)
6 8 SILENT RUNNING –•– Mike + The Mechanics (Atlantic)-16 (6)
7 5 THE SWEETEST TABOO –•– Sade (Portrait)-16 (5)
8 4 LIVING IN AMERICA –•– James Brown (Scotti Brothers)-14 (4)
9 7 LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN –Dream Academy (Warner Brothers)-15 (7)
10 12 KING FOR A DAY –•– Thompson Twins (Arista)-8 (10)

11 17 R.O.C.K. IN THE U.S.A. –•– John Cougar Mellencamp (Riva)-6 (11)
12 6 WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GET GOING –•– Billy Ocean (Jive)-15 (2)
13 19 NIKITA –•– Elton John (Geffen)-8 (13)
14 29 ROCK ME AMADEUS –•– Falco (A&M)-5 (14)
15 13 TARZAN BOY –•– Baltimora (Manhattan)-21 (13)
16 16 RUSSIANS –•– Sting (A&M)-8 (16)
17 23 WHAT YOU NEED –•– INXS (Atlantic)-8 (17)
18 18 DAY BY DAY –•– The Hooters (Columbia)-13 (18)
19 25 THIS COULD BE THE NIGHT –•– Loverboy (Columbia)-8 (19)
20 21 SANCTIFY YOURSELF –•– Simple Minds (A&M)-7 (20)

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