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This Day In 80s Music, May 22nd

On this day in 1980: U2 kicked off their 23 date ’11 O’Clock Tick Tock’ tour at The Hope & Anchor in London. Here’s the band on the tour in Belfast:

On this day in 1982: Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder started their second of SEVEN weeks at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Ebony and Ivory.” The song would not give up the #1 spot until July 3, 1982 when ‘Don’t You Want Me’ by The Human League would finally take over the #1 position. Even though ‘Ebony and Ivory’ spent seven weeks at #1, it would be ranked the #4 song for the year of 1982 behind ‘Physical’ by Olivia Newton John (#1), ‘Eye of the Tiger’ by Survivor (#2), and ‘I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll’ by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (#3). ‘Ebony and Ivory’ would also be ranked the #14 song for the entire 1980s decade by Billboard Magazine.

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

1 1 EBONY AND IVORY –•– Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder (Columbia)-7 (2 weeks at #1) (1)
2 3 DON’T TALK TO STRANGERS –•– Rick Springfield (RCA)-12 (2)
3 6 I’VE NEVER BEEN TO ME –•– Charlene (Duncan) (Motown)-15 (3)
4 5 867-5309/JENNY –•– Tommy Tutone (Columbia)-18 (4)
5 9 THE OTHER WOMAN –•– Ray Parker, Jr. (Arista)-10 (5)
6 7 ’65 LOVE AFFAIR –•– Paul Davis (Arista)-13 (6)
7 2 CHARIOTS OF FIRE – TITLES –•– Vangelis (Polydor)-24 (1)
8 16 DON’T YOU WANT ME –•– The Human League (A&M)-12 (8)
9 10 DID IT IN A MINUTE –•– Daryl Hall and John Oates (RCA)-10 (9)
10 11 GET DOWN ON IT –•– Kool and the Gang (De-Lite)-13 (10)

11 14 ALWAYS ON MY MIND –•– Willie Nelson (Columbia)-12 (11)
12 12 THE BEATLES MOVIE MEDLEY –•– The Beatles (Capitol)-9 (12)
13 15 HEAT OF THE MOMENT –•– Asia (Geffen)-6 (13)
14 4 I LOVE ROCK ‘N ROLL –•– Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (Boardwalk)-16 (1)
15 18 EMPTY GARDEN (Hey Hey Johnny) –•– Elton John (Geffen)-10 (15)
16 19 MAN ON YOUR MIND –•– Little River Band (Capitol)-8 (16)
17 8 FREEZE-FRAME –•– The J. Geils Band (EMI-America)-14 (4)
18 22 IT’S GONNA TAKE A MIRACLE –•– Deniece Williams (ARC)-8 (18)
19 21 RUN FOR THE ROSES –•– Dan Fogelberg (Full Moon / Epic)-8 (19)
20 27 ROSANNA –•– Toto (Columbia)-6 (20)

On this day in 1989: Rap group Public Enemy fired one of its members, Professor Griff, after he made anti-Semitic remarks in the Washington Post.

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