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This Day In 80s Music, June 28th

On this day in 1980: Paul McCartney & Wings started a three week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ” Coming Up.” It became one of the few ‘live’ recordings to reach the top of Billboard’s Hot 100. American disc jockeys preferred it to the studio version on the flip side of the record.

it was released as the opening track on his 1980 solo album McCartney II. Like other songs on the album, the song has a synthesized sound, featuring sped-up vocals created by using a vari-speed tape machine. McCartney played all instruments and shared vocal harmonies with wife Linda McCartney. The single was a hit in Britain, peaking at #2 on the UK singles chart. In the United States and Canada, the live version of the song performed by Paul McCartney & Wings in Glasgow the year prior (released as the B-side to the single) saw greater success.

John Lennon described “Coming Up” as “a good piece of work” and, according to McCartney, it prompted Lennon to return to recording in 1980. Lennon later stated his preference for the studio version over the live version that was released as a single: “I thought that Coming Up was great and I like the freak version that he made in his barn better than that live Glasgow one. If I’d have been with him I would’ve said ‘that’s the one’ too. And I thought that the record company had a nerve changing it round on him, and I know what they mean, they want to hear the real guy singing, but I like the freaky one.”

Here’s a look at the Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1980:

1 2 COMING UP / COMING UP (Live At Glasgow) –•– Paul McCartney and Wings (Columbia)-10 (1 week at #1) (1)
2 1 FUNKYTOWN –•– Lipps, Inc. (Casablanca)-14 (1)
3 4 THE ROSE –•– Bette Midler (Atlantic)-15 (3)
4 6 IT’S STILL ROCK AND ROLL TO ME –•– Billy Joel (Columbia)-6 (4)
5 5 AGAINST THE WIND –•– Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band (Capitol)-9 (5)
6 7 LITTLE JEANNIE –•– Elton John (MCA)-9 (6)
7 8 STEAL AWAY –•– Robbie Dupree (Elektra)-12 (7)
8 3 BIGGEST PART OF ME –•– Ambrosia (Warner Brothers)-13 (3)
9 11 CUPID / I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME (Medley) –•– The Spinners (Atlantic)-7 (9)
10 10 SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE –•– Michael Jackson (Epic)-11 (10)

11 13 LET’S GET SERIOUS –•– Jermaine Jackson (Motown)-14 (11)
12 15 LET ME LOVE YOU TONIGHT –•– The Pure Prairie League (Casablanca)-8 (12)
13 16 SHINING STAR –•– The Manhattans (Columbia)-10 (13)
14 9 CARS –•– Gary Numan (Atco)-20 (9)
15 12 CALL ME –•– Blondie (Chrysalis)-20 (1)
16 24 MAGIC –•– Olivia Newton-John (MCA)-6 (16)
17 22 ONE FINE DAY –•– Carole King (Capitol)-7 (17)
18 20 TIRED OF TOEIN’ THE LINE –•– Rocky Burnette (EMI-America)-8 (18)
19 21 SHOULD’VE NEVER LET YOU GO –•– Neil Sedaka and Dara Sedaka (Elektra)-14 (19)
20 14 DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH A DREAMER –•– Kenny Rogers with Kim Carnes (United Artists)-14 (4)

On this day in 1986: Pattie LaBelle & Michael McDonald were starting their third and final week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “On My Own.” It would go on to be ranked the #4 song for the entire year of 1986 by Billboard Magazine on their year-end chart.

Here’s a look at the complete Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1986:

1 1 ON MY OWN –•– Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald (MCA)-15 (3 Weeks at #1) (1)
2 2 THERE’LL BE SAD SONGS –•– Billy Ocean (Jive)-11 (2)
3 3 CRUSH ON YOU –•– The Jets (MCA)-12 (3)
4 8 HOLDING BACK THE YEARS –•– Simply Red (Elektra)-13 (4)
5 6 NO ONE IS TO BLAME –•– Howard Jones (Elektra)-12 (5)
6 9 WHO’S JOHNNY –•– El DeBarge (Gordy)-10 (6)
7 7 A DIFFERENT CORNER –•– George Michael (Columbia)-10 (7)
8 17 INVISIBLE TOUCH –•– Genesis (Atlantic)-5 (8)
9 14 NASTY –•– Janet Jackson (A&M)-7 (9)
10 15 SLEDGEHAMMER –•– Peter Gabriel (Geffen)-8 (10)

11 4 LIVE TO TELL –•– Madonna (Sire)-12 (1)
12 5 I CAN’T WAIT –•– Nu Shooz (Atlantic)-17 (3)
13 12 I WANNA BE A COWBOY –•– Boys Don’t Cry (Profile)-13 (12)
14 22 DANGER ZONE –•– Kenny Loggins (Columbia)-8 (14)
15 16 TUFF ENUFF –•– Fabulous Thunderbirds (CBS Associated)-11 (15)
16 10 NOTHIN’ AT ALL –•– Heart (Capitol)-11 (10)
17 20 LIKE A ROCK –•– Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (Capitol)-6 (17)
18 21 YOUR WILDEST DREAMS –•– Moody Blues (Polydor)-11 (18)
19 23 LIKE NO OTHER NIGHT –•– 38 Special (A&M)-9 (19)
20 18 VIENNA CALLING –•– Falco (A&M)-10 (18)

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