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This Day In 80s Music, May 19th

On this day in 1984: Bob Marley and the Wailers started a 12-week run at #1 on the UK album chart with the compilation album ‘Legend’, released to commemorate the third anniversary of Marley’s death.

Also on this day in 1984: Lionel Richie started his second and final week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Hello.’ It was the 3rd single released off his 2nd solo album ‘Can’t Slow Down.’ It would be ranked the #7 song for 1984 on Billboard Magazine’s year end chart.

The music video, directed by Bob Giraldi, features the story of Richie as a theater and acting teacher having a seemingly unrequited love for a blind student (Laura Carrington) until he discovers she shares the feeling as demonstrated by the discovery that she is sculpting a likeness of his head in clay.

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

1 1 HELLO –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-13 (2 Weeks at #1) (1)
2 4 LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY –•– Deniece Williams (Columbia)-7 (2)
3 2 AGAINST ALL ODDS (Take A Look At Me Now) –•– Phil Collins (Atlantic)-13 (1)
4 3 HOLD ME NOW –•– Thompson Twins (Arista)-15 (3)
5 6 TO ALL THE GIRLS I’VE LOVED BEFORE –•– Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson (Columbia)-12 (5)
6 10 TIME AFTER TIME –•– Cyndi Lauper (Portrait)-6 (6)
7 5 LOVE SOMEBODY –•– Rick Springfield (RCA)-11 (5)
8 9 OH SHERRIE –•– Steve Perry (Columbia)-7 (8)
9 7 YOU MIGHT THINK –•– The Cars (Elektra)-11 (7)
10 8 FOOTLOOSE –•– Kenny Loggins (Columbia)-17 (1)

11 12 HEAD OVER HEELS –•– The Go-Go’s (I.R.S.)-10 (11)
12 19 THE REFLEX –•– Duran Duran (Capitol)-5 (12)
13 15 BREAKDANCE –•– Irene Cara (Geffen)-9 (13)
14 14 THE LONGEST TIME –•– Billy Joel (Columbia)-9 (14)
15 16 AUTHORITY SONG –•– John Cougar Mellencamp (Riva)-10 (15)
16 17 SISTER CHRISTIAN –•– Night Ranger (MCA / Camel)-11 (16)
17 11 THEY DON’T KNOW –•– Tracey Ullman (MCA)-13 (8)
18 20 DANCING IN THE SHEETS –•– Shalamar (Columbia)-10 (18)
19 22 I’LL WAIT –•– Van Halen (Warner Brothers)-6 (19)
20 13 TONIGHT –•– Kool & The Gang (De-Lite)-13 (13)

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