469. Blondie – The Tide Is High (1980)
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by robbarker1979
5d ago
The Intro Blondie’s last number 1 before their 1999 reformation was The Tide Is High, a cover of the 1967 rocksteady tune by Jamaican ska group The Paragons. Before The original was written by John Holt, tenor singer in The Paragons, who were a vocal trio from Kingston, Jamaica. Instrumental backing came from Tommy McCook and the Supersonic Band, with production by Duke Reid. This amiable slice of gentle ska was originally tucked away as a B-side, then released as a dub version with vocal from U-Roy in the UK in 1971. One of the reasons Blondie were so cool was their willingness to dabble in ..read more
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468. Barbra Streisand – Woman in Love (1980)
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by robbarker1979
1w ago
The Intro As the 80s dawned, The Bee Gees knew their second peak couldn’t last forever. But moving into writing and producing for others proved very fruitful. Superstar actress and singer Barbra Streisand initially asked Barry Gibb to write half the album Guilty. He went on to produce the whole LP and Woman in Love became her biggest UK hit. Before Barbara Joan Streisand was born on 24 April 1942 in Brooklyn, New York City. Her father died soon after her first birthday, and the Streisands struggled financially, with her mother working as a bookkeeper. She was also a semi-professional singer ..read more
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467. The Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me (1980)
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by robbarker1979
2w ago
The Intro The bestselling single of 1980 had a controversial subject matter and was The Police’s third number 1. Don’t Stand So Close to Me – the tale of a teacher’s Lolita-like relationship with a pupil – was made all the more eyebrow-raising due to the fact that singer Sting was a teacher before he was a pop star. Before Following their second number 1, Walking on the Moon, re-released their fourth single So Lonely, originally issued in 1978. As a pre-fame record it had failed to chart, but this time it peaked at six. A month after its release in February 1980, The Police embarked on their ..read more
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466. Kelly Marie – Feels Like I’m in Love (1980)
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by robbarker1979
3w ago
The Intro ‘BOO BOO! BOO BOO! BOO BOO! BOO BOO!’ It’s cheap. It’s tacky. It’s the arse-end of disco. But I love Kelly Marie’s Feels Like I’m in Love and I’m not ashamed of it. Before By 1977, Mungo Jerry’s fame was drying up. It was seven years since In the Summertime, six since their last number 1 Baby Jump, and they hadn’t charted in the UK since Long Legged Woman Dressed in Black peaked at 13 in 1974. But they still had a following in Europe, and singer-songwriter Ray Dorset hoped that Elvis Presley might record a demo of his called Feels Like I’m in Love. Dorset impersonates Presley here, s ..read more
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465. The Jam – Start! (1980)
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by robbarker1979
1M ago
The Intro Love The Beatles’ Taxman but find the whining about paying HMRC when you’re in the biggest band in the world a bit annoying? Simple, listen to The Jam’s second number 1, Start! instead. Before Following the success of Going Underground/The Dreams of Children, The Jam set to work on their fifth LP. Vic Coppersmith-Heaven was back to produce Sound Affects, but for the first time, Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler received a co-credit too – albeit as ‘The Jam’. As signposted with The Dreams of Children, The Jam were widening their sonic palette, and after its release, Weller d ..read more
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464. David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes (1980)
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by robbarker1979
1M ago
The Intro Is this where 80s pop music truly began? Much as David Bowie’s first number 1 Space Oddity bid farewell to the 60s, its sequel Ashes to Ashes saw ‘the Action Man’ put a full stop on his most experimental period, while future New Romantics took note. Before Not that his best-selling single achieved the top spot when the public first heard the tale of Major Tom in 1969. It was a 1975 reissue by RCA, released after his album Young Americans. Soon after the re-release came Golden Years, a bridge between the blue-eyed soul of the last LP and his next, which peaked at eight. But as great ..read more
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462. Odyssey – Use It Up and Wear It Out (1980)
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by robbarker1979
2M ago
The Intro Before they reached number 1, New York soul trio Odyssey were best known for Native New Yorker. But Use It Up and Wear It Out, which didn’t even chart in the US, was originally tucked away as a B-side, before it began igniting UK dancefloors. Before None of Odyssey were native New Yorkers. Before the group existed, there were The Lopez Sisters, from Stanford, Connecticut. Lead vocalist Lillian Lopez Collazo Jackson and elder sisters Louise Lopez and Carmen Lopez were raised there after being initially raised in the Virgin Islands. The Lopez Sisters had been performing from a young a ..read more
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461. Olivia Newton-John/Electric Light Orchestra – Xanadu (from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (1980)
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by robbarker1979
2M ago
The Intro The 1980 musical fantasy Xanadu was a box office failure, even inspiring the Golden Raspberry Awards. But the soundtrack album, featuring Olivia Newton-John, Electric Light Orchestra, Cliff Richard and the Tubes, was a global smash. And the theme gave Newton-John her third chart-topper and – surprisingly – ELO’s sole number 1. Before 1978 was a mammoth year for Newton-John. The Australian pop star and actress became a superstar thanks to her role as Sandy in Grease. And together with co-lead John Travolta, she was a chart mainstay, with two lengthy number 1s – You’re the One That I ..read more
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January Sale
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by robbarker1979
2M ago
‘January, sick and tired, you’ve been hanging on me’. Yes, the month that never ends isn’t over yet. It’s not all bad though, because it means there’s still time for a January sale. The digital version of my book Every UK Number 1: The 60s is available for seven days on Kindle for 99p. That’s down from £4.99, and the print version is £15.99, so A BIG SAVING. The post January Sale first appeared on Every UK Number 1. The post January Sale appeared first on Every UK Number 1 ..read more
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460. Don McLean – Crying (1980)
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by robbarker1979
2M ago
The Intro US singer-songwriter Don McLean’s commercial appeal in the UK had fallen after American Pie and his 1972 number one Vincent. So it’s surprising to discover he returned to the top of the pops eight years later with a cover of Roy Orbison’s classic ballad Crying. Before McLean had followed up the LP American Pie with his eponymous third, but there were no charting singles. In fact, only a live version of Buddy Holly’s Everyday, from fourth album Playin’ Favorites, made it to the charts for the rest of the 70s – and that only scraped in at 38 in 1973. That same year, Killing Me Softly ..read more
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