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This Day In 80s Music, September 1st

On this day in 1980: Fleetwood Mac ended a nine-month world tour with a performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Lindsay Buckingham announced on stage, “This is our last show for a long time.”

On this day in 1983: Mick Jones, lead guitarist with The Clash was fired by the other three members who claimed he’d ‘drifted apart’ from the original idea of the group.

On this day in 1984: After a 25-year career, Tina Turner had her first solo #1 single in the U.S. with ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’. This song was originally written for Cliff Richard, however the song was rejected. It was then offered to Donna Summer, who has stated she sat with it for a couple of years but never recorded it.

Although Turner had already scored a late-1983 Top 30 hit with her rendition of “Let’s Stay Together”, “What’s Love Got to Do with It” gave Turner her first and only Billboard Hot 100 #1 single, selling over 1.5 million copies worldwide. At the time, at age 44, she became the oldest solo female artist to top the Hot 100 chart. It was the second-biggest single of 1984 in the U.S. and the 17th-biggest in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at 33.  The song received three awards at the 1985 Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. 

Here’s a look at the complete Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day in 1984:

1 2 WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT –•– Tina Turner (Capitol)-16 (1 Week at #1) (1)
2 5 MISSING YOU –•– John Waite (EMI-America)-11 (2)
3 3 STUCK ON YOU –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-11 (3)
4 1 GHOSTBUSTERS –•– Ray Parker, Jr. (Arista)-12 (1)
5 4 WHEN DOVES CRY –•– Prince (Warner Brothers)-14 (1)
6 9 SHE BOP –•– Cyndi Lauper (Portrait)-7 (6)
7 8 SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT –•– Corey Hart (EMI-America)-15 (7)
8 16 LET’S GO CRAZY –•– Prince & The Revolution (Warner Brothers)-5 (8)
9 11 IF THIS IS IT –•– Huey Lewis & The News (Chrysalis)-7 (9)
10 10 IF EVER YOU’RE IN MY ARMS AGAIN –•– Peabo Bryson (Elektra)-17 (10)

11 13 THE WARRIOR –•– Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth (Columbia)-10 (11)
12 12 ROUND AND ROUND –•– Ratt (Atlantic)-12 (12)
13 15 LIGHTS OUT –•– Peter Wolf (EMI-America)-8 (13)
14 18 DRIVE –•– The Cars (Elektra)-5 (14)
15 6 I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU –•– Dan Hartman (MCA)-18 (6)
16 21 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE –•– Sheila E. (Warner Brothers)-12 (16)
17 17 ROCK ME TONITE –•– Billy Squier (Capitol)-9 (17)
18 7 STATE OF SHOCK –•– The Jacksons with Mick Jagger (Epic)-10 (3)
19 22 ALL OF YOU –•– Julio Iglesias & Diana Ross (Columbia)-9 (19)
20 24 DYNAMITE –•– Jermaine Jackson (Arista)-7 (20)

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