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This Day In 80s Music, August 7th

On this day in 1980: John Lennon began recording his final album, ‘Double Fantasy’ at The Hit Factory in New York City. It would be released on November 17th by the newly-formed Geffen Records and would win the 1982 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

On this day in 1982: Dexy’s Midnight Runners were at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with ‘Come On Eileen’ their second and last #1 in the U.K. It was the Best-selling single of 1982 and the song won Best British Single at the 1983 Brit Awards. The “Eileen” as featured in the video is Máire Fahey, sister of Siobhan Fahey, former singer with Bananarama and Shakespears Sister. The American singer Johnnie Ray, mentioned in the opening lyrics, was also featured in the video using old film footage. The song reached #1 in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the week ending April 23, 1983.

Also on this day in 1982: Fleetwood Mac started a five-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Mirage’. The bands third U.S. #1 album.

Here’s what was happening on the U.S. singles chart on this day back in 1982:

1 1 EYE OF THE TIGER –•– Survivor (Scotti Brothers)-10 (3 weeks at #1) (1)
2 3 HURTS SO GOOD –•– John Cougar (Riva)-16 (2)
3 5 ABRACADABRA –•– The Steve Miller Band (Capitol)-11 (3)
4 4 HOLD ME –•– Fleetwood Mac (Warner Brothers)-8 (4)
5 6 HARD TO SAY I’M SORRY –•– Chicago (Full Moon)-10 (5)
6 2 ROSANNA –•– Toto (Columbia)-17 (2)
7 8 EVEN THE NIGHTS ARE BETTER –•– Air Supply (Arista)-9 (7)
8 10 KEEP THE FIRE BURNIN’ –•– REO Speedwagon (Epic)-9 (8)
9 9 ONLY THE LONELY –•– The Motels (Capitol)-16 (9)
10 7 DON’T YOU WANT ME –•– The Human League (A&M)-23 (1)

11 13 WASTED ON THE WAY –•– Crosby, Stills and Nash (Atlantic)-7 (11)
12 15 VACATION –•– The Go-Go’s (I.R.S.)-6 (12)
13 11 LET IT WHIP –•– The Dazz Band (Motown)-16 (5)
14 18 TAKE IT AWAY –•– Paul McCartney (Columbia)-5 (14)
15 22 YOU SHOULD HEAR HOW SHE TALKS ABOUT YOU –•– Melissa Manchester (Arista)-12 (15)
16 23 LOVE IS IN CONTROL (Finger On the Trigger) –•– Donna Summer (Geffen)-7 (16)
17 12 TAINTED LOVE –•– Soft Cell (Sire)-30 (8)
18 14 LOVE’S BEEN A LITTLE BIT HARD ON ME –•– Juice Newton (Capitol)-14 (7)
19 20 PERSONALLY –•– Karla Bonoff (Columbia)-15 (19)
20 16 DO I DO –•– Stevie Wonder (Tamla)-11 (13)

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