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This Day In 80s Music, April 11th

On this day in 1981: Eddie Van Halen married actress Valerie Bertinelli, co-star of the 1980s television hit, One Day at a Time. The two had met eight months earlier when Bertinelli’s brother took her to a Van Halen concert in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Also on this day back in 1981: Hall & Oates started a three week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Kiss On My List.” It was written by Daryl Hall and Janna Allen, and produced by the duo. It was the third single release from their ninth studio album ‘Voices, and became their 2nd U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number-one single (after “Rich Girl” in 1977).

The song was written with the intention of Janna Allen, sister of Hall’s longtime girlfriend Sara Allen, singing it, as she was interested in starting a music career. Hall cut a demo version as a guide for her, but later when his manager found the tape lying around the studio, he insisted that Hall and Oates cut the song themselves. In fact, the production team liked the demo so much that they did not do a second take, instead adding background vocals and instrumentation to the demo and mixing them together. Hall recalled that is why the drums sounded so “dinky” – the “drums” in fact being the early Roland CR-78 drum machine mixed in with a live drumming overdub.

Hall calls it an anti-love song, with the song title being tongue-in-cheek sarcasm in that the kiss is not that important, in that it is on a list of other things that are just as important.

It was the 207th (and third to last) music video played on MTV’s first day, August 1, 1981.

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

1 4 KISS ON MY LIST –Daryl Hall and John Oates (RCA)-12 (1 week at #1) (1)
2 1 RAPTURE –•– Blondie (Chrysalis)-11 (1)
3 3 THE BEST OF TIMES –•– Styx (A&M)-12 (3)
4 2 WOMAN –•– John Lennon (Geffen)-13 (2)
5 7 JUST THE TWO OF US –•– Grover Washington, Jr. (with Bill Withers) (Elektra)-9 (5)
6 11 MORNING TRAIN (Nine To Five) –•– Sheena Easton (EMI-America)-9 (6)
7 5 CRYING –•– Don McLean (Millennium)-12 (5)
8 9 WHILE YOU SEE A CHANCE –•– Steve Winwood (Island)-10 (8)
9 8 KEEP ON LOVING YOU –•– REO Speedwagon (Epic)-20 (1)
10 12 DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME –•– The Police (A&M)-10 (10)

11 13 I CAN’T STAND IT –•– Eric Clapton and His Band (RSO)-7 (11)
12 15 ANGEL OF THE MORNING –•– Juice Newton (Capitol)-8 (12)
13 6 HELLO AGAIN –•– Neil Diamond (Capitol)-11 (6)
14 20 BEING WITH YOU –•– Smokey Robinson (Tamla)-9 (14)
15 18 HER TOWN TOO –•– James Taylor and J.D. Souther (Columbia)-5 (15)
16 16 9 TO 5 –•– Dolly Parton (RCA)-20 (1)
17 19 SOMEBODY’S KNOCKIN’ –•– Terri Gibbs (MCA)-13 (17)
18 10 WHAT KIND OF FOOL –•– Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb (Columbia)-11 (10)
19 21 DON’T STOP THE MUSIC –•– Yarbrough and Peoples (Mercury)-10 (19)
20 14 THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL –•– Abba (Atlantic)-21 (8)

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