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This Day In 80s Music, July 5th

On this day in 1986: Janet Jackson started a two-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Control’. The album featured the hit singles: ‘What Have You Done for Me Lately’, ‘Nasty’, ‘Control’, ‘When I Think of You’, and ‘Let’s Wait Awhile’.

Also on this day in 1986: Billy Ocean went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry).” The song was written and produced by Wayne Brathwaite and Barry Eastmond; Ocean was also credited as a co-writer for the song. It appears on Ocean’s 1986 album ‘Love Zone’,, which was released on Jive Records. The song went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for the week beginning July 5, 1986, where it remained for one week, becoming the 600th song to ascend to that position. It also topped the adult contemporary and R&B charts in the U.S. that same summer.

According to Barry Eastmond, the song was inspired by an incident involving Ocean’s hit song of the previous year, “Suddenly”. Eastmond told Fred Bronson in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits about a friend of his wife’s who had recently broken up with a long-term boyfriend. While at a party given by her new boyfriend, the song “Suddenly,” which reminded her of her previous boyfriend, was played, and she broke down in tears. Eastmond and his co-writers used this scenario as the basis for writing “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry).”

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

1 2 THERE’LL BE SAD SONGS –•– Billy Ocean (Jive)-12 (1 Week at #1) (1)
2 4 HOLDING BACK THE YEARS –•– Simply Red (Elektra)-14 (2)
3 6 WHO’S JOHNNY –•– El DeBarge (Gordy)-11 (3)
4 5 NO ONE IS TO BLAME –•– Howard Jones (Elektra)-13 (4)
5 9 NASTY –•– Janet Jackson (A&M)-8 (5)
6 8 INVISIBLE TOUCH –•– Genesis (Atlantic)-6 (6)
7 3 CRUSH ON YOU –•– The Jets (MCA)-13 (3)
8 1 ON MY OWN –•– Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald (MCA)-16 (1)
9 10 SLEDGEHAMMER –•– Peter Gabriel (Geffen)-9 (9)
10 14 DANGER ZONE –•– Kenny Loggins (Columbia)-9 (10)

11 15 TUFF ENUFF –•– Fabulous Thunderbirds (CBS Associated)-12 (11)
12 18 YOUR WILDEST DREAMS –•– Moody Blues (Polydor)-12 (12)
13 17 LIKE A ROCK –•– Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (Capitol)-7 (13)
14 19 LIKE NO OTHER NIGHT –•– 38 Special (A&M)-10 (14)
15 21 WHEN THE HEART RULES THE MIND –•– GTR (Arista)-9 (15)
16 7 A DIFFERENT CORNER –•– George Michael (Columbia)-11 (7)
17 13 I WANNA BE A COWBOY –•– Boys Don’t Cry (Profile)-14 (12)
18 23 OPPORTUNITIES (Let’s Make Lots Of Money) –•– Pet Shop Boys (EMI-America)-6 (18)
19 32 GLORY OF LOVE –•– Peter Cetera (Full Moon / Warner Brothers)-5 (19)
20 11 LIVE TO TELL –•– Madonna (Sire)-13 (1)

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