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This Day In 80s Music, June 6th

On this day in 1982: Tom Petty, Crosby Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks and Jackson Browne all appeared at The Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California to a crowd of 85,000 fans at the six hour Peace Sunday, We Have A Dream antinuclear concert. Dylan was joined onstage with Joan Baez and duetted with her on Blowin’ In The Wind and With God On Our Side. The show was partly broadcast on ABC TV’s Entertainment Tonight program on the same day.

On this day in 1987: Kim Wilde went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On.’ It would spend one week in the top spot.

“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” is a song written and composed by Holland-Dozier-Holland. It was first recorded in 1966 by American girl group the Supremes, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. American rock band Vanilla Fudge released a cover version the following year, which reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.

You Keep Me Hangin’ On” was covered in an updated version by English singer Kim Wilde in 1986. Wilde’s version was a total re-working of the original, completely transforming the Supremes’ Motown Sound into a hi-NRG song. She and her brother, producer Ricky Wilde, had not heard “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” for several years when they decided to record it. The song was not a track they knew well, so they treated it as a new song, even slightly changing the original lyrics.

It was released as the second single from Wilde’s fifth studio album, ‘Another Step’ (although “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” was the LP’s first worldwide single, as the first single had been released only in selected countries). The song reached #2 in Wilde’s native United Kingdom, and #1 in Australia. It also became Wilde’s second and last top-40 entry in the United States following “Kids in America” (1981), as well as her most successful song in that country to date, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week in June 1987. It later ranked as the 34th best-selling song of 1987 on Billboard’s Hot 100 year-end chart that year.

Here’s a look at the complete Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1987:

1 2 YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON –•– Kim Wilde (MCA)-11 (1) (1 Week at #1)
2 4 ALWAYS –•– Atlantic Starr (Warner Brothers)-11 (2)
3 6 HEAD TO TOE –•– Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam (Columbia)-9 (3)
4 3 THE LADY IN RED –•– Chris DeBurgh (A&M)-17 (3)
5 1 WITH OR WITHOUT YOU –•– U2 (Island)-12 (1)
6 11 IN TOO DEEP –•– Genesis (Atlantic)-7 (6)
7 10 WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE –•– Bon Jovi (Mercury)-9 (7)
8 5 BIG LOVE –•– Fleetwood Mac (Warner Brothers)-11 (5)
9 14 DIAMONDS –•– Herb Alpert (A&M)-9 (9)
10 18 I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (Who Loves Me) –•– Whitney Houston (Arista)-4 (10)

11 7 RIGHT ON TRACK –•– Breakfast Club (MCA)-13 (7)
12 13 NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU –•– Glenn Medeiros (Amherst)-17 (12)
13 20 JUST TO SEE HER –•– Smokey Robinson (Motown)-11 (13)
14 9 I KNOW WHAT I LIKE –•– Huey Lewis & The News (Chrysalis)-10 (9)
15 16 MEET ME HALF WAY –•– Kenny Loggins (Columbia)-14 (15)
16 8 HEAT OF THE NIGHT –•– Bryan Adams (A&M)-11 (6)
17 22 SONGBIRD –•– Kenny G (Arista)-10 (17)
18 12 LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE –•– Jody Watley (MCA)-14 (2)
19 17 IF SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN FAITHFUL –•– Chicago (Full Moon / Warner Brothers)-12 (17)
20 27 ALONE –•– Heart (Capitol)-4 (20)

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