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This Day In 80s Music, May 23rd

On this day in 1981: Kim Carnes began her second of NINE non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Bette Davis Eyes.’ The song would go on the be ranked the #1 song for 1981 on Billboard’s year end chart and Billboard would also rank it the #2 song for the entire 80s decade behind Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Physical.’

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1981:

1 1 BETTE DAVIS EYES –•– Kim Carnes (EMI-America)-9 (2 weeks at #1) (1)
2 3 BEING WITH YOU –•– Smokey Robinson (Tamla)-15 (2)
3 2 JUST THE TWO OF US –•– Grover Washington, Jr. (with Bill Withers) (Elektra)-15 (2)
4 4 ANGEL OF THE MORNING –•– Juice Newton (Capitol)-14 (4)
5 14 MEDLEY: INTRO VENUS/SUGAR SUGAR/NO REPLY/I’LL BE BACK/DRIVE MY CAR/
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET/WE CAN WORK IT OUT/I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN
BETTER/NOWHERE MAN/YOU’RE GOING TO LOSE THAT GIRL/STARS ON 45 –•– Stars On 45 (Radio Records)-7 (5)
6 6 TAKE IT ON THE RUN –•– REO Speedwagon (Epic)-10 (6)
7 7 LIVING INSIDE MYSELF –•– Gino Vannelli (Arista)-10 (7)
8 8 SUKIYAKI –•– A Taste Of Honey (Capitol)-12 (8)
9 10 TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS –•– Styx (A&M)-10 (9)
10 11 WATCHING THE WHEELS –•– John Lennon (Geffen)-9 (10)

11 15 A WOMAN NEEDS LOVE (Just Like You Do) –•– Ray Parker, Jr. and Raydio (Arista)-12 (11)
12 13 SWEETHEART –•– Franke and the Knockouts (Millennium)-12 (12)
13 5 MORNING TRAIN (Nine To Five) –•– Sheena Easton (EMI-America)-15 (1)
14 16 HOW ‘BOUT US –•– Champaign (Columbia)-15 (14)
15 20 AMERICA –•– Neil Diamond (Capitol)-5 (15)
16 9 KISS ON MY LIST –•– Daryl Hall and John Oates (RCA)-18 (1)
17 19 I LOVE YOU –•– The Climax Blues Band (Warner Brothers)-14 (17)
18 18 YOU BETTER YOU BET –•– The Who (Warner Brothers)-10 (18)
19 21 I MISSED AGAIN –•– Phil Collins (Atlantic)-10 (19)
20 22 SAY YOU’LL BE MINE –•– Christopher Cross (Warner Brothers)-9 (20)

On this day in 1982: The UK Musicians Union moved a resolution to ban synthesizers and drum rhythm machines from sessions and live concerts fearing that their use would put musicians out of work.

On this day in 1987: Twelve former members of the Doobie Brothers reunited for a charity concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The show raised $350,000 for Vietnam veterans, about two-thousand of whom attended the show for free. Here’s a clip of the Doobies on their 1987 reunion tour:

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1987, when U2 were starting their second of three weeks at #1 with ‘With Or Without You’

1 1 WITH OR WITHOUT YOU –•– U2 (Island)-10 (1) (2 Weeks at #1)
2 2 LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE –•– Jody Watley (MCA)-12 (2)
3 5 THE LADY IN RED –•– Chris DeBurgh (A&M)-15 (3)
4 8 YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON –•– Kim Wilde (MCA)-9 (4)
5 3 (I Just) DIED IN YOUR ARMS –•– Cutting Crew (Virgin)-12 (1)
6 6 HEAT OF THE NIGHT –•– Bryan Adams (A&M)-9 (6)
7 7 BIG LOVE –•– Fleetwood Mac (Warner Brothers)-9 (7)
8 10 ALWAYS –•– Atlantic Starr (Warner Brothers)-9 (8)
9 4 LA ISLA BONITA –•– Madonna (Sire)-10 (4)
10 9 TALK DIRTY TO ME –•– Poison (Enigma)-11 (9)

11 11 RIGHT ON TRACK –•– Breakfast Club (MCA)-11 (11)
12 12 I KNOW WHAT I LIKE –•– Huey Lewis & The News (Chrysalis)-8 (12)
13 13 NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU –•– Glenn Medeiros (Amherst)-15 (13)
14 14 WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE –•– Bon Jovi (Mercury)-7 (14)
15 19 HEAD TO TOE –•– Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam (Columbia)-7 (15)
16 24 IN TOO DEEP –•– Genesis (Atlantic)-5 (16)
17 23 DIAMONDS –•– Herb Alpert (A&M)-7 (17)
18 21 IF SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL –•– Chicago (Full Moon / Warner Brothers)-10 (18)
19 26 MEET ME HALF WAY –•– Kenny Loggins (Columbia)-12 (19)
20 20 SE LA –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-9 (20)

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