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This Day In 80s Music, April 14th

On this day in 1983: The Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon died from a drug overdose. He was fired from the group on June 14th 1982, (two days before Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott was found dead of heart failure). Farndon was in the midst of forming a new band with former Clash drummer Topper Headon when he died.

On this day in 1984: Kenny Loggins began his third and final week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Footloose.’ It would be ranked the #4 song for the entire year of 1984 behind Prince’s ‘When Doves Cry’, Tina Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ and Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson’s ‘Say Say Say.’ It would be ranked the #63 song for the entire 80s decade by Billboard.

Here’s a look at the complete Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1984:

1 1 FOOTLOOSE –•– Kenny Loggins (Columbia)-12 (3 Weeks at #1) (1)
2 3 AGAINST ALL ODDS (Take A Look At Me Now) –•– Phil Collins (Atlantic)-8 (2)
3 2 SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME –•– Rockwell (Motown)-12 (2)
4 10 HELLO –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-8 (4)
5 6 AUTOMATIC –•– The Pointer Sisters (Planet)-12 (5)
6 7 MISS ME BLIND –•– Culture Club (Virgin)-7 (6)
7 4 HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN –•– Eurythmics (RCA)-12 (4)
8 11 HOLD ME NOW –•– Thompson Twins (Arista)-10 (8)
9 8 ADULT EDUCATION –•– Daryl Hall & John Oates (RCA)-9 (8)
10 5 JUMP –•– Van Halen (Warner Brothers)-14 (1)

11 9 GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN –•– Cyndi Lauper (Portrait)-18 (2)
12 13 EAT IT –•– “Weird” Al Yankovic (Rock ‘N’ Roll)-6 (12)
13 20 LOVE SOMEBODY –•– Rick Springfield (RCA)-6 (13)
14 15 THEY DON’T KNOW –•– Tracey Ullman (MCA)-8 (14)
15 19 YOU MIGHT THINK –•– The Cars (Elektra)-6 (15)
16 12 I WANT A NEW DRUG –•– Huey Lewis & The News (Chrysalis)-14 (6)
17 17 GIRLS –•– Dwight Twilley (EMI-America)-9 (17)
18 16 RADIO GA-GA –•– Queen (Capitol)-9 (16)
19 31 TO ALL THE GIRLS I’VE LOVED BEFORE –•– Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson (Columbia)-7 (19)
20 24 TONIGHT –•– Kool & The Gang (De-Lite)-8 (20)

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