Charlie's 80s Blog

This Day In 80s Music, August 20th

On this day in 1983: Madness, Joan Jett, The Police and R.E.M. all appeared in concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.

On this day in 1988: Steve Winwood went to #1 on the U.S. album chart with his fifth solo album ‘Roll With It’. The title cut also topped the U.S. singles charts. The success of the single “Roll With It” led to the subsequent singles “Don’t You Know What The Night Can Do?” and “Holding On”. “Don’t You Know What the Night Can Do?” had been written by Winwood to be featured in an ad campaign for Michelob beer, which began running on American television on the day of the Roll with It album’s U.S. release. Two other tracks from Roll with It: “Hearts On Fire” and “Put on Your Dancing Shoes”, also achieved radio airplay.

“Roll With It” became Winwood’s most commercially successful album, reaching #4 on the UK Album Chart and #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Album Chart, and has sold over three million copies.

On the U.S. singles chart on this day in 1988, Steve Winwood was beginning his fourth and final week at #1 with the single “Roll With it.” Here’s a look at the complete Top 20 from this day back in 1988:

1 1 ROLL WITH IT –•– Steve Winwood – 11 (1)
2 8 MONKEY –•– George Michael – 7 (2)
3 5 1-2-3 –•– Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine – 12 (3)
4 6 I DON’T WANNA GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT –•– Elton John – 10 (4)
5 3 MAKE ME LOSE CONTROL –•– Eric Carmen – 14 (3)
6 7 I DON’T WANNA LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE –•– Chicago – 12 (6)
7 2 HANDS TO HEAVEN –•– Breathe – 19 (2)
8 4 SIGN YOUR NAME –•– Terence Trent D’Arby – 13 (4)
9 13 SWEET CHILD O’ MINE –•– Guns N’ Roses – 9 (9)
10 12 FAST CAR –•– Tracy Chapman – 12 (10)

11 11 LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY –•– Whitney Houston – 8 (11)
12 14 SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE –•– Robert Palmer – 8 (12)
13 17 PERFECT WORLD –•– Huey Lewis & The News – 6 (13)
14 9 HOLD ON TO THE NIGHTS –•– Richard Marx – 14 (1)
15 10 JUST GOT PAID –•– Johnny Kemp – 15 (10)
16 21 WHEN IT’S LOVE –•– Van Halen – 8 (16)
17 19 RAG DOLL –•– Aerosmith – 12 (17)
18 22 IF IT ISN’T LOVE –•– New Edition – 8 (18)
19 23 I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU –•– Taylor Dayne – 11 (19)
20 25 ANOTHER PART OF ME –•– Michael Jackson – 5 (20)

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