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This Day In 80s Music, May 7th

On this day in 1983: Former Jam leader Paul Weller unveiled his new group, The Style Council at an anti-nuclear benefit gig in London. The Style Council scored seven UK Top 10 hits and the band was also very successful in Australia and New Zealand during the 1980s, with multiple hit singles and albums.

On this day in 1988: Terence Trent D’Arby went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Wishing Well.’

The second single from the 1987 album ‘Introducing the Hardline According To Terence Trent D’Arby’, the song reached #1 on both the R&B chart and the Billboard Hot 100 on May 7, 1988. “Wishing Well” was certified “Gold”, indicating sales of 500,000, by the RIAA. Written by D’Arby and Sean Oliver, D’Arby said “Wishing Well” was written “when I was in a half-asleep, half-awake state of mind”, and that he “liked the feel of the words”. Martyn Ware of Heaven 17 paired with D’Arby in production of the song, which was released on CBS Records. Once released, “Wishing Well”, along with D’Arby’s debut single “If You Let Me Stay”. went into heavy rotation on MTV. D’Arby performed the song live at the 30th Annual Grammy Awards, where he lost the Grammy Award for Best New Artist to Jody Watley. When the single reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, it had charted for 17 weeks, the longest progress to number one on the U.S. charts since The Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” in 1983. 

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1988:

1 2 WISHING WELL –•– Terence Trent D’Arby – 17 (1)
2 5 ANYTHING FOR YOU –•– Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine – 9 (2)
3 3 ANGEL –•– Aerosmith – 15 (3)
4 1 WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO –•– Whitney Houston – 11 (1)
5 7 PINK CADILLAC –•– Natalie Cole – 10 (5)
6 11 ALWAYS ON MY MIND –•– Pet Shop Boys – 7 (6)
7 8 PROVE YOUR LOVE –•– Taylor Dayne – 12 (7)
8 15 SHATTERED DREAMS –•– Johnny Hates Jazz – 8 (8)
9 12 ELECTRIC BLUE –•– Icehouse – 13 (9)
10 13 NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE TOO) –•– Samantha Fox – 11 (10)

11 16 I DON’T WANT TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU –•– Foreigner – 8 (11)
12 4 DEVIL INSIDE –•– INXS – 13 (2)
13 17 WAIT –•– White Lion – 11 (13)
14 22 ONE MORE TRY –•– George Michael – 4 (14)
15 6 GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR –•– Billy Ocean – 13 (1)
16 18 TWO OCCASIONS –•– The Deele – 11 (16)
17 10 GIRLFRIEND –•– Pebbles – 15 (5)
18 21 PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell Featuring Joe Esposito – 12 (18)
19 14 ONE STEP UP –•– Bruce Springsteen – 11 (13)
20 9 I SAW HIM STANDING THERE –•– Tiffany – 11 (7)

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