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This Day In 80s Music, May 1st

On this day in 1980: The South African government banned Pink Floyd’s single ‘Another Brick In the Wall (Part 2)’ after black children adopted the song as their anthem in protest against inferior education in their country.

On this day in 1982: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts were starting their SEVENTH and final week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “I Love Rock N’ Roll.”

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1982:

1 1 I LOVE ROCK ‘N ROLL –•– Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (Boardwalk)-13 (7 weeks at #1) (1)
2 3 CHARIOTS OF FIRE – TITLES –•– Vangelis (Polydor)-21 (2)
3 6 EBONY AND IVORY Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder (Columbia)-4 (3)
4 4 FREEZE-FRAME –•– The J. Geils Band (EMI-America)-11 (4)
5 5 DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS –•– Rick Springfield (RCA)-9 (5)
6 2 WE GOT THE BEAT –•– The Go-Go’s (I.R.S.)-14 (2)
7 7 DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE –Huey Lewis and the News (Chrysalis)-13 (7)
8 10 867-5309/JENNY –•– Tommy Tutone (Columbia)-15 (8)
9 9 ’65 LOVE AFFAIR –•– Paul Davis (Arista)-10 (9)
10 20 I’VE NEVER BEEN TO ME –•– Charlene (Duncan) (Motown)-12 (10)

11 14 DID IT IN A MINUTE –•– Daryl Hall and John Oates (RCA)-7 (11)
12 8 KEY LARGO –•– Bertie Higgins (Kat Family)-25 (8)
13 15 GET DOWN ON IT –•– Kool and the Gang (De-Lite)-10 (13)
14 17 THE BEATLES MOVIE MEDLEY –•– The Beatles (Capitol)-6 (14)
15 22 THE OTHER WOMAN –•– Ray Parker, Jr. (Arista)-7 (15)
16 21 ALWAYS ON MY MIND –•– Willie Nelson (Columbia)-9 (16)
17 19 GOIN’ DOWN –•– Greg Guidry (Columbia)-12 (17)
18 11 EDGE OF SEVENTEEN (Just Like the White Winged Dove) –•– Stevie Nicks (Modern)-11 (11)
19 12 (Oh) PRETTY WOMAN –•– Van Halen (Warner Brothers)-13 (12)
20 55 HEAT OF THE MOMENT –•– Asia (Geffen)-3 (20)

On this day in 1984: Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy. It was reported that the drummer had spent thousands of dollars on cocaine a month, and had refused to listen to his financial advisers, buying up several homes, a $400,000 compound in Hawaii and a $1.8 million farm outside of Sydney, Australia.

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