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This Day In 80s Music, September 8th

On this day in 1984: Stevie Wonder had his first U.K #1 with ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’. Taken from the film ‘The Woman In Red’, it was 18 years after Wonder’s chart debut in 1966. The song stayed at #1 for six weeks in the U.K. It remains Wonder’s best-selling single to date, having topped a record 19 charts. There was a dispute among Wonder, his former writing partner Lee Garrett, and Lloyd Chiate as to who actually wrote the song. Chiate claimed in a lawsuit that he and Garrett wrote the song years before its 1984 release; however, a jury ultimately sided with Wonder.

Here’s what was happening on the U.S. singles chart on this day back in 1984, where Tina Turner was starting her second week in the top spot:

1 1 WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT –•– Tina Turner (Capitol)-17 (2 Weeks at #1) (1)
2 2 MISSING YOU –•– John Waite (EMI-America)-12 (2)
3 6 SHE BOP –•– Cyndi Lauper (Portrait)-8 (3)
4 4 GHOSTBUSTERS –•– Ray Parker, Jr. (Arista)-13 (1)
5 3 STUCK ON YOU –•– Lionel Richie (Motown)-12 (3)
6 8 LET’S GO CRAZY –•– Prince & The Revolution (Warner Brothers)-6 (6)
7 9 IF THIS IS IT –•– Huey Lewis & The News (Chrysalis)-8 (7)
8 11 THE WARRIOR –•– Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth (Columbia)-11 (8)
9 7 SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT –•– Corey Hart (EMI-America)-16 (7)
10 14 DRIVE –•– The Cars (Elektra)-6 (10)

11 5 WHEN DOVES CRY –•– Prince (Warner Brothers)-15 (1)
12 13 LIGHTS OUT –•– Peter Wolf (EMI-America)-9 (12)
13 16 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE –•– Sheila E. (Warner Brothers)-13 (13)
14 10 IF EVER YOU’RE IN MY ARMS AGAIN –•– Peabo Bryson (Elektra)-18 (10)
15 17 ROCK ME TONITE –•– Billy Squier (Capitol)-10 (15)
16 12 ROUND AND ROUND –•– Ratt (Atlantic)-13 (12)
17 22 COVER ME –•– Bruce Springsteen (Columbia)-5 (17)
18 21 CRUEL SUMMER –•– Bananarama (London)-8 (18)
19 19 ALL OF YOU –•– Julio Iglesias & Diana Ross (Columbia)-10 (19)
20 20 DYNAMITE –•– Jermaine Jackson (Arista)-8 (20)

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