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This Day In 80s Music, September 11th

On this day in 1982: Chicago started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Hard To Say I’m Sorry’, the group’s second U.S. #1 hit.

“Hard to Say I’m Sorry” was written by bassist Peter Cetera, who also sang lead on the track, and producer David Foster, for the group Chicago. It was released on May 16, 1982, as the lead single from the album Chicago 16. On September 11 it reached #1 for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. It was the group’s second #1 single. It was their first top 50 hit since “No Tell Lover” in 1978 and it spent twelve weeks in the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100. The single was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and was certified Gold by the RIAA in September of the same year.

Here’s a look at the complete Top 20 on the U.S. singles chart from this day back in 1982:

1 3 HARD TO SAY I’M SORRY –•– Chicago (Full Moon)-15 (1 week at #1) (1)
2 2 EYE OF THE TIGER –•– Survivor (Scotti Brothers)-15 (1)
3 1 ABRACADABRA –•– The Steve Miller Band (Capitol)-16 (1)
4 11 JACK & DIANE –•– John Cougar (Riva)-8 (4)
5 5 EVEN THE NIGHTS ARE BETTER –•– Air Supply (Arista)-14 (5)
6 6 YOU SHOULD HEAR HOW SHE TALKS ABOUT YOU –•– Melissa Manchester (Arista)-17 (6)
7 4 HOLD ME –•– Fleetwood Mac (Warner Brothers)-13 (4)
8 7 HURTS SO GOOD –•– John Cougar (Riva)-21 (2)
9 9 WASTED ON THE WAY –•– Crosby, Stills and Nash (Atlantic)-12 (9)
10 10 TAKE IT AWAY –•– Paul McCartney (Columbia)-10 (10)

11 8 VACATION –•– The Go-Go’s (I.R.S.)-11 (8)
12 12 LOVE IS IN CONTROL (Finger On the Trigger) –•– Donna Summer (Geffen)-12 (12)
13 13 LOVE WILL TURN YOU AROUND –•– Kenny Rogers (Liberty)-11 (13)
14 14 EYE IN THE SKY –•– The Alan Parsons Project (Arista)-11 (14)
15 15 WHO CAN IT BE NOW –•– Men At Work (Columbia)-10 (15)
16 16 AMERICAN MUSIC –•– The Pointer Sisters (Planet)-12 (16)
17 17 THINK I’M IN LOVE –•– Eddie Money (Columbia)-11 (17)
18 20 YOU CAN DO MAGIC –•– America (Capitol)-7 (18)
19 21 ONLY TIME WILL TELL –•– Asia (Geffen)-8 (19)
20 24 SOMEBODY’S BABY –•– Jackson Browne (Asylum)-7 (20)

Also on this day in 1982: John “Cougar” Mellencamp became the only male artist to have two singles in the U.S. Top Ten as well as the #1 album. ‘Jack and Diane’ was at #4, while ‘Hurts So Good’ was at #8. His album ‘American Fool’ was at #1 for the first of nine weeks.

On this day in 1987: Peter Gabriel cleaned up at the MTV Video Music Awards, winning best video, best male video, best concept video, best special effects and five other VMAs for the video ‘Sledgehammer’. 9 VMAs for one video is still the record!

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