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This Day In 80s Music, April 20th

On this day in 1980: 84 year old George Burns, who starred in the movie ‘Oh God’ with John Denver, became the oldest person to have a hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when ‘I Wish I Was 18 Again’ peaked at #49. When asked if he wished he were 18 again, Burns replied “I wish I was 80 again.” Before this, his most recent charting record had been a spoken word comedy routine with his wife and partner Gracie Allen in the summer of 1933.

On this day in 1986: Prince was enjoying his first of two weeks at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Kiss.’

“Kiss” was composed, written, and produced by Prince. Released by the Paisley Park label as the lead single from Prince and The Revolution’s eighth studio album ‘Parade’ on February 5, 1986, it was a #1 hit worldwide, holding the top spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks. The single was certified Gold in 1986 for sales of 1 million copies by the RIAA.

The song was ranked at #464 on the Rolling Stone Magazine list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. ‘Kiss’ would win a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 1987 Grammy Award Ceremony.

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

1 2 KISS –•– Prince & The Revolution (Paisley Park)-9 (1 Week at #1) (1)
2 3 MANIC MONDAY –•– The Bangles (Columbia)-13 (2)
3 6 ADDICTED TO LOVE –•– Robert Palmer (Island)-11 (3)
4 1 ROCK ME AMADEUS –•– Falco (A&M)-11 (1)
5 8 WEST END GIRLS –•– Pet Shop Boys (EMI-America)-8 (5)
6 5 WHAT YOU NEED –•– INXS (Atlantic)-14 (5)
7 7 LET’S GO ALL THE WAY –•– Sly Fox (Capitol)-17 (7)
8 9 HARLEM SHUFFLE –•– Rolling Stones (Rolling Stones)-6 (8)
9 12 WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE –•– Van Halen (Warner Brothers)-6 (9)
10 10 TENDER LOVE –•– Force M.D.’s (Warner Brothers)-12 (10)

11 4 R.O.C.K. IN THE U.S.A. –•– John Cougar Mellencamp (Riva)-12 (2)
12 14 WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY –Janet Jackson (A&M)-9 (12)
13 15 YOUR LOVE –•– The Outfield (Columbia)-10 (13)
14 19 TAKE ME HOME –•– Phil Collins (Atlantic)-6 (14)
15 20 AMERICAN STORM Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (Capitol)-6 (15)
16 16 I CAN’T WAIT –•– Stevie Nicks (Modern)-9 (16)
17 18 I THINK IT’S LOVE –•– Jermaine Jackson (Arista)-9 (17)
18 23 BAD BOY –Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan (Epic)-7 (18)
19 11 SECRET LOVERS –•– Atlantic Starr (A&M)-17 (3)
20 26 IF YOU LEAVE –•– Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (A&M)-7 (20)

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