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This Day In Music, March 14th

On this day in 1981: Dolly Parton returned to the #1 position on the U.S. singles chart with “9 To 5”. The song had been in the #1 position for a week in February (the 21st-27th) but then gave up the #1 position to Eddie Rabbitt’s “I Love A Rainy Night” for two weeks.

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1981:

1 2 9 TO 5 –•– Dolly Parton (RCA)-16 (2 weeks at #1) (1)
2 4 KEEP ON LOVING YOU –•– REO Speedwagon (Epic)-16 (2)
3 3 WOMAN –•– John Lennon (Geffen)-9 (3)
4 5 THE BEST OF TIMES –•– Styx (A&M)-8 (4)
5 1 I LOVE A RAINY NIGHT –•– Eddie Rabbitt (Elektra)-19 (1)
6 7 CRYING –•– Don McLean (Millennium)-8 (6)
7 12 RAPTURE –•– Blondie (Chrysalis)-7 (7)
8 9 THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL –•– Abba (Atlantic)-17 (8)
9 10 HELLO AGAIN –•– Neil Diamond (Capitol)-7 (9)
10 6 CELEBRATION –•– Kool and the Gang (De-Lite)-21 (1)

11 11 I AIN’T GONNA STAND FOR IT –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-14 (11)
12 15 WHAT KIND OF FOOL –•– Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb (Columbia)-7 (12)
13 8 GIVING IT UP FOR YOUR LOVE Delbert McClinton (Capitol/MSS)-15 (8)
14 17 KISS ON MY LIST –•– Daryl Hall and John Oates (RCA)-8 (14)
15 13 THE TIDE IS HIGH –•– Blondie (Chrysalis)-18 (1)
16 18 GAMES PEOPLE PLAY –•– The Alan Parsons Project (Arista)-15 (16)
17 19 A LITTLE IN LOVE –•– Cliff Richard (EMI-America)-14 (17)
18 20 TREAT ME RIGHT –•– Pat Benatar (Chrysalis)-9 (18)
19 21 HEARTS ON FIRE –•– Randy Meisner (Epic)-8 (19)
20 22 FADE AWAY –•– Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)-6 (20)

On this day in 1982: Metallica made their live debut when they appeared at Radio City in Anaheim, California. Metallica formed in Los Angeles, California, in late 1981 when Danish-born drummer Lars Ulrich placed an advertisement in a Los Angeles newspaper, ‘The Recycler’, which read, “Drummer looking for other metal musicians to jam with Tygers of Pan Tang, Diamond Head and Iron Maiden.” Guitarists James Hetfield and Hugh Tanner of Leather Charm answered the advertisement.

On this day in 1983: Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Alec John Such formed the band Bon Jovi in Sayreville, NJ.

On this day in 1987: Huey Lewis & The News went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Jacob’s Ladder.” It would spend one week in the top spot.

Here’s a look at the complete Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1987:

1 2 JACOB’S LADDER Huey Lewis & The News (Chrysalis)-9 (1) (1 Week at #1)
2 4 SOMEWHERE OUT THERE –Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram (MCA)-13 (2)
3 10 LET’S WAIT AWHILE –•– Janet Jackson (A&M)-9 (3)
4 1 LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER –•– Bon Jovi (Mercury)-14 (1)
5 12 LEAN ON ME –•– Club Nouveau (King Jay / Warner Brothers)-5 (5)
6 9 MANDOLIN RAIN –•– Bruce Hornsby & The Range (RCA)-9 (6)
7 5 RESPECT YOURSELF –•– Bruce Willis (Motown)-9 (5)
8 8 BIG TIME –•– Peter Gabriel (Geffen)-16 (8)
9 3 YOU GOT IT ALL –•– The Jets (MCA)-18 (3)
10 13 NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW –•– Starship (Grunt)-7 (10)

11 7 (You Gotta) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT (To Party!) Beastie Boys (Def Jam)-13 (7)
12 16 TONIGHT, TONIGHT, TONIGHT –•– Genesis (Atlantic)-5 (12)
13 19 COME GO WITH ME –•– Expose (Arista)-8 (13)
14 15 I WANNA GO BACK –•– Eddie Money (Columbia)-13 (14)
15 17 BRAND NEW LOVER –•– Dead Or Alive (Epic)-16 (15)
16 6 KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF –•– Georgia Satellites (Elektra)-17 (2)
17 20 THE FINAL COUNTDOWN –•– Europe (Epic)-8 (17)
18 14 I’LL BE ALRIGHT WITHOUT YOU –•– Journey (Columbia)-15 (14)
19 11 WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME? –•– Chicago (Full Moon / Warner Brothers)-18 (3)
20 23 DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER –•– Crowded House (Capitol)-9 (20)

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