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This Day In 80s Music, August 10th

On this day in 1985: Canadian singer and guitarist Bryan Adams scored his first U.S. #1 album with ‘Reckless.’

Six singles were released from the album: ‘Run To You’, ‘Somebody’, ‘Heaven’, ‘Summer of ’69’, ‘One Night Love Affair’, and ‘It’s Only Love’. All six singles made the top 15 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, which until that time had been accomplished only by Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ and Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born In the U.S.A.’

Also on this day in 1985: ‘Money for Nothing’ by Dire Straits peaked at #4 on the U.K. singles chart. Notable for its groundbreaking music video and a cameo appearance by Sting singing the song’s falsetto introduction and backing chorus, “I want my MTV” who also co-wrote the song with Mark Knopfler. The video was also the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network started on August 1, 1987.

Also on this day in 1985: Simon Le Bon from Duran Duran was air lifted to safety when his boat ‘Drum’ overturned while racing off the English coast. Le Bon was trapped under the hull with five other crew members for twenty minutes, until being rescued by the Royal Navy.

Here’s what was happening on the U.S. singles chart on this day back in 1985:

1 1 SHOUT –•– Tears For Fears (Mercury)-9 (2 Weeks at #1) (1)
2 2 EVERYTIME YOU GO AWAY –•– Paul Young (Columbia)-14 (1)
3 3 IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY SET THEM FREE –•– Sting (A&M)-10 (3)
4 6 NEVER SURRENDER –•– Corey Hart (EMI-America)-10 (4)
5 7 POWER OF LOVE –•– Huey Lewis & The News (Chrysalis)-7 (5)
6 10 WHO’S HOLDING DONNA NOW –•– DeBarge (Gordy)-11 (6)
7 5 GLORY DAYS –•– Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)-11 (5)
8 12 FREEWAY OF LOVE –•– Aretha Franklin (Arista)-8 (8)
9 9 GET IT ON (Bang A Gong) –•– The Power Station (Capitol)-10 (9)
10 4 YOU GIVE GOOD LOVE –•– Whitney Houston (Arista)-14 (3)

11 18 ST. ELMO’S FIRE (Man In Motion) –•– John Parr (Atlantic)-8 (11)
12 15 SUMMER OF ’69 –•– Bryan Adams (A&M)-7 (12)
13 13 PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE –•– Depeche Mode (Sire)-12 (13)
14 20 WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO –•– Tina Turner (Capitol)-6 (14)
15 17 WHAT ABOUT LOVE? –•– Heart (Capitol)-11 (15)
16 16 YOU SPIN ME ROUND (Like A Record) –•– Dead Or Alive (Epic)-11 (16)
17 8 SENTIMENTAL STREET –•– Night Ranger (MCA / Camel)-12 (8)
18 21 ROCK ME TONIGHT (For Old Times Sake) –•– Freddie Jackson (Capitol)-12 (18)
19 11 A VIEW TO A KILL –•– Duran Duran (Capitol)-13 (1)
20 26 YOU’RE ONLY HUMAN (Second Wind) –•– Billy Joel (Columbia)-5 (20)

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