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This Day In 80s Music, June 13th

On this day in 1987: Atlantic Starr went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Always.” It would spend one week in the top spot. The track was the second single from the group’s seventh studio album ‘All In the Name of Love.’ The single peaked at #1 on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts charts in June of 1987. The song also spent two weeks atop the U.S. adult contemporary chart. It would go on to be ranked the #14 song for the entire year of 1987 by Billboard Magazine.

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

1 2 ALWAYS –•– Atlantic Starr (Warner Brothers)-12 (1) (1 Week at #1)
2 1 YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON –•– Kim Wilde (MCA)-12 (1)
3 3 HEAD TO TOE –•– Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam (Columbia)-10 (3)
4 6 IN TOO DEEP –•– Genesis (Atlantic)-8 (4)
5 10 I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (Who Loves Me) –•– Whitney Houston (Arista)-5 (5)
6 4 THE LADY IN RED –•– Chris DeBurgh (A&M)-18 (3)
7 7 WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE –•– Bon Jovi (Mercury)-10 (7)
8 9 DIAMONDS –•– Herb Alpert (A&M)-10 (8)
9 5 WITH OR WITHOUT YOU –•– U2 (Island)-13 (1)
10 13 JUST TO SEE HER –•– Smokey Robinson (Motown)-12 (10)

11 15 MEET ME HALF WAY –•– Kenny Loggins (Columbia)-15 (11)
12 20 ALONE –•– Heart (Capitol)-5 (12)
13 17 SONGBIRD –•– Kenny G (Arista)-11 (13)
14 21 LESSONS IN LOVE –•– Level 42 (Polydor)-11 (14)
15 12 NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU –•– Glenn Medeiros (Amherst)-18 (12)
16 23 DON’T DISTURB THIS GROOVE –•– The System (Atlantic)-10 (16)
17 11 RIGHT ON TRACK –•– Breakfast Club (MCA)-14 (7)
18 8 BIG LOVE –•– Fleetwood Mac (Warner Brothers)-12 (5)
19 31 SHAKEDOWN –•– Bob Seger (MCA)-4 (19)
20 26 JAMMIN’ ME –•– Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (MCA)-8 (20)

On this day in 1988: The biggest charity Rock concert since Live Aid three years earlier took place at London’s Wembley Stadium, to denounce South African apartheid. Among the performers were Sting, Stevie Wonder, Bryan Adams, George Michael, Whitney Houston and Dire Straits. Half the money raised went towards anti-apartheid activities in Britain, the rest was donated to children’s charities in southern Africa.

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