Mr. Plow

Mr. Plow

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I've noticed that. I think he leaves out anything that has a #1 song on it.
Hungry Eyes might be a 7, but MMLC is at least a 9.
I'm not sure either, but he also got them opening for the Stones for the US Steel Wheels tour. I saw them on this tour and they brought the house down.
Nice list. If I had to make a funk playlist, it would have to include (limit 1 song per artist): Machine Gun - Commodores Fire - Ohio Players Fight The Power - Isley Brothers Shining Star - EW&F Shake Your Runp To The Funk - The Bar-Kays You & I - Rick James Get Up - James Brown What I Hip? - Tower of Power Give Up The Funk - Parliment Ffun - Con Funk Shun Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) - Sly & Family Stone Love Machine - Miracles Groove Me - King Floyd Ball of Confusion - Temptations The Jam - Graham Central Station Jungle Love - The Time Fantastic Voyage - Lakeside Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
Here is the Country Top 10 for the middle week of GM's stay at #1, 6/4/1988 1 [3] WHAT SHE IS (IS A WOMAN IN LOVE) Earl Thomas Conley 2 [4] I TOLD YOU SO Randy Travis 3 [8] HE'S BACK AND I'M BLUE The Desert Rose Band 4 [6] ONE TRUE LOVE The O'Kanes 5 [9] IF IT DON'T COME EASY Tanya Tucker 6 [10] ANOTHER PLACE, ANOTHER TIME Don Williams 7 [12] WILDFLOWERS Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris 8 [13] LOVE OF A LIFETIME Larry, Steve, Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers 9 [11] CHILL FACTOR Merle Haggard 10 [1] EIGHTEEN WHEELS AND A DOZEN ROSES Kathy Mattea
Getting a late start today as I had to get my #2 Covid shot. Meanwhile, on the AC chart, George Michael matched his three-week stay at #1 on the pop charts with "One More Try". This is the second AC #1 for Michael, after "Careless Whisper hit #1 in early 1985. While not as big a force on AC radio as he was at Top 40, he still regularly hit the top 5 with most of his more mellow songs. He'll be back on top again with another song this virtual year. Movers & Shakers Big Jumpers Up 12 to #23 "We All Sleep Alone" by Cher Up 14 to #27 "Paradise" by Sade Up 10 to #17 "Paradise" by Sade Up 9 to #21 "Foolish Beat" by Debbie Gibson Up 11 to #27 "Make Me Lose Control" by Eric Carmen Up 9 to #33 "Hold On To The Nights" by Richard Marx Up 11 to #36 "Hands To Heaven" by Breathe Big Sliders Down -11 to #37 "You Don't Know" by Scarlett & Black Down -10 to #41 "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley Down -10 to #43 "Someone Like You" by Van Morrison Down -9 to #26 "Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car" by Billy Ocean Down -9 to #28 "I Wasn't The One (Who Said Goodbye)" by Agnetha Fältskog & Peter Cetera Down -19 to #35 "So Much In Love" by Art Garfunkel Down -12 to #36 "Love Don't Give No Reason" by Smokey Robinson Down -18 to #46 "I Wasn't The One (Who Said Goodbye)" by Agnetha Fältskog & Peter Cetera Down -9 to #47 "Set The Night To Music" by Starship Other Songs Peaking LOVE DON'T GIVE NO REASON Smokey Robinson #24 WISHING WELL Terence Trent D'Arby #44 I STILL BELIEVE Brenda K. Starr #14 TIME AND TIDE Basia #19 THIS IS LOVE George Harrison #20 TWO OCCASIONS The Deele #21 BRIDGE OF SIGHS Louise Goffin #41 The AC Top 20 for 6/11/1988 1 [1] ONE MORE TRY George Michael 2 [3] THE VALLEY ROAD Bruce Hornsby & The Range 3 [4] EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall John Oates 4 [2] SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz 5 [5] HEART OF MINE Boz Scaggs 6 [7] MAKE IT REAL The Jets 7 [9] CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle 8 [12] TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley 9 [6] I DON'T WANT TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU Foreigner 10 [8] PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell featuring Joe Esposito 11 [10] ANYTHING FOR YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine 12 [13] BETWEEN LIKE AND LOVE Billy Vera & The Beaters 13 [17] PARADISE Sade 14 [14] I STILL BELIEVE Brenda K. Starr 15 [15] MY LOVE Julio Iglesias featuring Stevie Wonder 16 [16] WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher 17 [11] CARMELIA Dan Hill 18 [21] FOOLISH BEAT Debbie Gibson 19 [19] TIME AND TIDE Basia 20 [27] MAKE ME LOSE CONTROL Eric Carmen Chart Comings & Goings Say Hello To (New Arrivals): #38 - "Make Me Lose Control" by Eric Carmen #42 - "Hold On To The Nights" by Richard Marx #45 - "I'll Prove It To You" by Gregory Abbott #47 - "Hands To Heaven" by Breathe #48 - "Bridge Of Sighs" by Louise Goffin #30 - "The Colour Of Love" by Billy Ocean #46 - "Love Changes (Everything)" by Climie Fisher #49 - "I'm In Love" by Pointer Sisters #34 - "I Know You're Out There Somewhere" by The Moody Blues #37 - "1-2-3" by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine #39 - "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" by Chicago #43 - "Roll With It" by Steve Winwood #49 - "Nite And Day" by Al B. Sure! Say Goodbye To (Imminent Departures): "She's Like The Wind" by Patrick Swayze (featuring Wendy Fraser) (Peak - #1) "Father Figure" by George Michael (Peak - #3) "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong (Peak - #7) "Never Die Young" by James Taylor (Peak - #3) "You Don't Know" by Scarlett & Black (Peak - #13) "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted?" by Russell Hitchcock (Peak - #39) "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley (Peak - #1) "Someone Like You" by Van Morrison (Peak - #6) "I Wasn't The One (Who Said Goodbye)" by Agnetha Fältskog & Peter Cetera (Peak - #19) Spotlight Song Chicago has always had a contentious relationship with former members. They alienated Cetera so much that he didn't even show up for the RRHOF ceremony where he, as a member, was inducted. They say he had become a prima-donna in the spotlight; he says he just wanted to record a solo album (like Bobby Lamm did in 1978 and Cetera himself did in 1982*). Terry Kath replacement Donnie Dacus was fired with no explanation after the unsuccessful Chicago 13 album and tour. Danny Seraphine was fired officially for not being able to play drums in time, but listening to the band's explanations lead me to think that there was something else at play there. Guitarist Dewayne Bailey (19-21) was let go because he was dating one of the horn players daughter and they broke up. And then there's the story of former co-Spotlight Artist Bill Champlin. Champlin is one of the few (former) members to have joined with an already extensive resume. He won Grammys for co-writing The Earth Wind & Fire song "After The Love Has Gone" and the George Benson hit "Turn Your Love Around". He had several albums in the late 60s and early 70s with Sons of Champlin, a well-respected Bay-Area band. He won an award in 1980 for his session work that year. He also had two solo albums released, including Runaway in 1982 (the last single from that album, "Sara", peaked on the hot 100 the same week as "Hard To Say I'm Sorry"). He is also credited as the person who brought David Foster to the band (they had worked together writing before). I don't know if that last one is a positive or negative in the eyes of the band's old guard. He had also been pressuring the band into recording more new music; albums, not just one-off songs attached to various compilations. The band had been resistant to recording new music since the aforementioned Stone of Sisyphus was rejected by Warner Brothers in the early 90s. The band had reduced his tour work to just one song, usually "Look Away" or "You're Not Alone". Then, while on tour in 2008, the band announced that he had left (not that they had let him go) two days after his solo album No Place Left To Fall had dropped. Says Champlin, “It made me look like an asshole that I would walk away in the middle of the tour. I had no idea that would happen, though I should have seen it coming. It was a lot of things.” I watched the Chicago documentary "Now More Than Ever", hoping that they would explain the sudden switch to Champlin-led singles starting with 1988's 19. They didn't mention the album or any of the singles, jumping from Cetera leaving to Seraphine leaving in 1989. The only mention of Champlin at all was a one-line diss from one of the horn players. I didn't think that anything could top the Eagles for making a documentary about themselves and somehow still come out looking like dicks, but this one did. If you have a chance to watch it, hard pass & go watch the Bee Gees Doc that came on HBOmax recently. All this brings us to today's spotlight song, the blandly titled "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love"*. IDWLWYL was written by crazy cat-lady Diane Warren and 70s one-hit-wonder Albert Hammond ("It Never Rains In Southern California"). It is a bland, nothing of a song, so much so that the Wikipedia page is only 5 sentences, two of those about the b-side. I doubt they ever played it after the 88-89 tour. I know they don't play it anymore. All of this is just an excuse to link to the 'Official' video for the song. I used to think they didn't do a video for this, but it turns out that it is just so bad that MTV and VH1 wouldn't play it. This thing is so bad, it makes "Can't Fight This Feeling" look subtle & imaginative. I wish Beavis & Butthead would have seen this. I would have liked to hear what they would say about it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGU_-fnSQI8 *-Cetera suggests that as part of the deal they signed with Warner Brothers in 1981, WB would not promote his solo album. That's a shame as it is certainly better than his next solo album https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1EMEncWqPE
A perfectly cromulent explanation. Now I feel like having some Steamed Hams.
The fourth song would be "Feels So Good", which is passable. The verses are nice enough to get me to listen again.
I was initially happy with OU812. I'd felt that 5150 had a monotonous guitar sound and this one mixed it up a bit. I hated "Black & Blue" and wasn't impressed with "When It's Love", but "Finish What Ya Started" is top 5 Van Hagar and Top 10 Van Halen for me. Lead track "Mine All Mine" and "Cabo Wabo" also stood out. About a year ago, I did a VH discography and OU812 really didn't stand up. The four songs above are the only ones I'd want to listen to anymore.
For those of you who like a little bit more twang in your tunes, here are the Billboard Country Top 20 charts for 5-14 and 5-21-1988 5/14/1988 1 [1] I'M GONNA GET YOU Eddy Raven 2 [2] YOUNG COUNTRY Hank Williams Jr. 3 [3] BABY I'M YOURS Steve Wariner 4 [4] EIGHTEEN WHEELS AND A DOZEN ROSES Kathy Mattea 5 [5] OLD FOLKS Ronnie Milsap & Mike Reid 6 [6] THE FACTORY Kenny Rogers 7 [7] TRUE HEART Oak Ridge Boys 8 [8] WHAT SHE IS (IS A WOMAN IN LOVE) Earl Thomas Conley 9 [9] ALWAYS LATE WITH YOUR KISSES Dwight Yoakam 10 [10] ONE TRUE LOVE The O'Kanes 11 [11] I TOLD YOU SO Randy Travis 12 [12] NO MORE ONE MORE TIME Jo-el Sonnier 13 [13] HE'S BACK AND I'M BLUE The Desert Rose Band 14 [14] ANOTHER PLACE, ANOTHER TIME Don Williams 15 [15] CHILL FACTOR Merle Haggard 16 [16] IF IT DON'T COME EASY Tanya Tucker 17 [17] CRY, CRY, CRY Highway 101 18 [18] YOUR MEMORY WINS AGAIN Skip Ewing 19 [19] OUT OF SIGHT AND ON MY MIND Billy Joe Royal 20 [20] WILDFLOWERS Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris 5/21/1988 1 [1] EIGHTEEN WHEELS AND A DOZEN ROSES Kathy Mattea 2 [2] BABY I'M YOURS Steve Wariner 3 [3] OLD FOLKS Ronnie Milsap & Mike Reid 4 [4] YOUNG COUNTRY Hank Williams Jr. 5 [5] WHAT SHE IS (IS A WOMAN IN LOVE) Earl Thomas Conley 6 [6] TRUE HEART Oak Ridge Boys 7 [7] I TOLD YOU SO Randy Travis 8 [8] ONE TRUE LOVE The O'Kanes 9 [9] NO MORE ONE MORE TIME Jo-el Sonnier 10 [10] HE'S BACK AND I'M BLUE The Desert Rose Band 11 [11] ANOTHER PLACE, ANOTHER TIME Don Williams 12 [12] IF IT DON'T COME EASY Tanya Tucker 13 [13] CHILL FACTOR Merle Haggard 14 [14] I'M GONNA GET YOU Eddy Raven 15 [15] WILDFLOWERS Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris 16 [16] OUT OF SIGHT AND ON MY MIND Billy Joe Royal 17 [17] YOUR MEMORY WINS AGAIN Skip Ewing 18 [18] LOVE OF A LIFETIME Larry, Steve, Rudy: The Gatlin Brothers 19 [19] THE FACTORY Kenny Rogers 20 [20] SATISFY YOU Sweethearts Of The Rodeo Feel free to discuss the ridiculous amount of turnover in the charts or the over-saturation of covers or anything else Country (and Western)
Meanwhile, on the AC chart, Adult radio continues its trend of being a couple of weeks ahead of pop radio. Gloria Estefan and the MSM fall from the #1 AC spot just as they are rising to the #1 top spot. In their place, we get two new #1 hits that didn't top the pop charts. The first is veteran corporate rockers Foreigner, who ascend to the top with their dirge-like, dull-as-hell ballad "I Don's Wanna Live Without You". I didn't know it was possible to have a hit record without one discernable hook, but Foreigner has managed the feat. It sounds like their monster hit "Waiting For A Girl Like You", but only if they took out anything that sounded vaguely interesting. Mick Jones' guitar is totally absent, as is Lou Gramm's desire to be singing this song. For Foreigner, it will be their only AC #1 hit. Taking Foreigner's place at #1 for week 2 is former Spotlight Artist Johnny Hates Jazz, with their worldwide hit "Shattered Dreams". JHJ was a slightly bigger deal here on AC radio than on Top 40, where not only "Shattered Dreams" was a hit, but their 2 follow-up singles were hits as well. "I Don't Want To Be A Hero" will make the Top 15 here while the Album title track "Turn Back The Clock" will return them to the Top 5. That will be their last chart single here. Movers & Shakers Big Jumpers Up 10 to #12 "The Valley Road" by Bruce Hornsby & The Range Up 14 to #21 "Heart Of Mine" by Boz Scaggs Up 10 to #27 "Between Like And Love" by Billy Vera & The Beaters Up 13 to #29 "This Is Love" by George Harrison Up 10 to #33 "Time And Tide" by Basia Up 9 to #12 "Heart Of Mine" by Boz Scaggs Up 9 to #13 "Circle In The Sand" by Belinda Carlisle Up 9 to #23 "My Love" by Julio Iglesias featuring Stevie Wonder Up 11 to #39 "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted?" by Russell Hitchcock Big Sliders Down -9 to #23 "Man In The Mirror" by Michael Jackson Down -10 to #35 "What A Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong Down -13 to #36 "Family Man" by Fleetwood Mac Down -9 to #39 "Century's End" by Donald Fagen Down -9 to #40 "Father Figure" by George Michael Down -13 to #49 "I Get Weak" by Belinda Carlisle Down -12 to #26 "You Don't Know" by Scarlett & Black Down -10 to #44 "She's Like The Wind" by Patrick Swayze (featuring Wendy Fraser) Down -13 to #49 "Family Man" by Fleetwood Mac Other Songs Peaking PAMELA Toto #9 PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole #16 ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK Sting #48 CARMELIA Dan Hill #8 SO MUCH IN LOVE Art Garfunkel #11 I WASN'T THE ONE (WHO SAID GOODBYE) Agnetha Fältskog & Peter Cetera #19 ELECTRIC BLUE Icehouse #36 WHAT BECOMES OF THE BROKENHEARTED? Russell Hitchcock #39 The AC Top 20 for 5/21/1988 1 [3] SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz 2 [1] I DON'T WANT TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU Foreigner 3 [5] ONE MORE TRY George Michael 4 [4] PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell featuring Joe Esposito 5 [2] ANYTHING FOR YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine 6 [6] EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall John Oates 7 [12] THE VALLEY ROAD Bruce Hornsby & The Range 8 [11] CARMELIA Dan Hill 9 [9] PAMELA Toto 10 [7] WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO Whitney Houston 11 [13] SO MUCH IN LOVE Art Garfunkel 12 [21] HEART OF MINE Boz Scaggs 13 [22] CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle 14 [18] MAKE IT REAL The Jets 15 [8] ONE STEP UP Bruce Springsteen 16 [10] GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean 17 [16] PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole 18 [24] TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley 19 [20] I WASN'T THE ONE (WHO SAID GOODBYE) Agnetha Fältskog & Peter Cetera 20 [27] BETWEEN LIKE AND LOVE Billy Vera & The Beaters Chart Comings & Goings Say Hello To (New Arrivals): #32 - "My Love" by Julio Iglesias featuring Stevie Wonder #42 - "We All Sleep Alone" by Cher #47 - "Wishing Well" by Terence Trent D'Arby #50 - "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted?" by Russell Hitchcock #37 - "Foolish Beat" by Debbie Gibson #41 - "Paradise" by Sade Say Goodbye To (Imminent Departures): "Hungry Eyes" by Eric Carmen (Peak - #2) "Out Of The Blue" by Debbie Gibson (Peak - #16) "Theme From L.A. Law" by Mike Post (Peak - #13) "Century's End" by Donald Fagen (Peak - #30) "I Get Weak" by Belinda Carlisle (Peak - #9) "Family Man" by Fleetwood Mac (Peak - #23) "Englishman In New York" by Sting (Peak - #48) Spotlight Song Icehouse began in 1977 in Syndey as Flowers by Ivor Arthur (Iva) Davies and Keith Welsh. After spending a few years playing the Australian pub circuit, they eventually signed to a local, independent record label in 1980 and released their first single, "Can't Help Myself". "Can't Help Myself" hit the top 10 in Australia, as did their first full-length album titled Icehouse. At the 1980 TV Week / Countdown Rock Awards, Flowers won best new artist (New Talent Award), beating out INXS. They signed to Crysalis Records in 1981, but due to problems with a Scottish band called The Flowers, had to change their name and picked Icehouse. Crysalis released Icehouse as a self-titled debut worldwide to moderate success. The singles "We Can Get Together" and the title track both hit the US charts (Pop #63 and Rock #28 respectively). Icehouse broke up in 1981 as Welsh left to manage two other bands. Davies worked with future Billy Idol/Simple Minds producer Keith Forsey on what was going to be a solo album. Crysalis released Primative Man in 1982 as an Icehouse album. Davies scrambled to assemble a band (minus Welsh) to promote the album. They released a 5-song EP in 1983 called Fresco and opened for David Bowie in Europe in 1983. Subsequent albums Sidewalk and Measure For Measure slowly increased their profile in the US, culminating in their early '88 breakthrough with the single "Crazy", which hit the US Top 20. The accompanying album, Man Of Colors, would peak just outside the top 40 at #43. The second release, today's Spotlight Song "Electric Blue", would finally break the US top 10. Written by Davies and John Oates, Electric Blue would peak at #7 pop and #36 AC. Here is the video, in all its mulleted glory. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUFOVu1CurM
It has a nice vibe going, but the stripped-down nature really accentuates the word-salad lyrics. I also wish they hadn't switched the beat up for the whistle hook.
I thought you were going for Lice and I thought "Naughty girls get lice, just not where you can see it."
I have info on the Country charts just like the AC charts, but I don't know anything about Country music in the 80s (more in the 50-early 70s). I can post the charts here if others want to comment on them. Here is the Country Top 20 for 5/7/1988: 1 [1] CRY, CRY, CRY Highway 101 2 [2] I'M GONNA GET YOU Eddy Raven 3 [3] YOUNG COUNTRY Hank Williams Jr. 4 [4] BABY I'M YOURS Steve Wariner 5 [5] EIGHTEEN WHEELS AND A DOZEN ROSES Kathy Mattea 6 [6] THE FACTORY Kenny Rogers 7 [7] OLD FOLKS Ronnie Milsap & Mike Reid 8 [8] TRUE HEART Oak Ridge Boys 9 [9] ALWAYS LATE WITH YOUR KISSES Dwight Yoakam 10 [10] IF MY HEART HAD WINDOWS Patty Loveless 11 [11] WHAT SHE IS (IS A WOMAN IN LOVE) Earl Thomas Conley 12 [12] ONE TRUE LOVE The O'Kanes 13 [13] I TOLD YOU SO Randy Travis 14 [14] NO MORE ONE MORE TIME Jo-el Sonnier 15 [15] THE BEST I KNOW HOW The Statler Brothers 16 [16] IT'S SUCH A SMALL WORLD Rodney Crowell & Rosanne Cash 17 [17] HE'S BACK AND I'M BLUE The Desert Rose Band 18 [18] ANOTHER PLACE, ANOTHER TIME Don Williams 19 [19] CHILL FACTOR Merle Haggard 20 [20] YOUR MEMORY WINS AGAIN Skip Ewing
I know why I give that slack to others and TTD: They've earned it with years of work and multiple brilliant albums. You come at me saying you're the best when your first single is still on the chart? GTFO with that.
It was written by Bobby Caldwell, Dennis Matkosky, & Jason Scheff (Chicago). I'm not surprised it sounds a bit AC. I'd like to think that this move was intentional, seeing the top 40 market had passed him by & focusing on somewhere he could be heard.
Meanwhile, on the AC Chart, Gloria & the Machine finish their 3-week run at #1 with "Anything For You". AFY is the second of three straight #1 hits for Estefan & crew. Movers & Shakers Big Jumpers Up 9 to #8 "One More Try" by George Michael Up 18 to #22 "The Valley Road" by Bruce Hornsby & The Range Up 15 to #24 "Make It Real" by The Jets Up 16 to #26 "Together Forever" by Rick Astley Up 10 to #27 "Circle In The Sand" by Belinda Carlisle Big Sliders Down -10 to #31 "Father Figure" by George Michael Down -10 to #32 "She's Like The Wind" by Patrick Swayze (featuring Wendy Fraser) Down -9 to #36 "I Get Weak" by Belinda Carlisle Down -12 to #41 "Theme From L.A. Law" by Mike Post Down -20 to #44 "Highway Rain" by Michael Tomlinson Other Songs Peaking PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell featuring Joe Esposito #3 YOU DON'T KNOW Scarlett & Black #13 FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac #23 SOMEONE LIKE YOU Van Morrison #28 The AC Top 20 for 5/7/1988 1 [1] ANYTHING FOR YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine 2 [2] I DON'T WANT TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU Foreigner 3 [6] PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell featuring Joe Esposito 4 [8] SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz 5 [3] WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO Whitney Houston 6 [4] ONE STEP UP Bruce Springsteen 7 [5] GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR Billy Ocean 8 [17] ONE MORE TRY George Michael 9 [7] TALKING BACK TO THE NIGHT Steve Winwood 10 [18] EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall John Oates 11 [9] SET THE NIGHT TO MUSIC Starship 12 [12] PAMELA Toto 13 [14] YOU DON'T KNOW Scarlett & Black 14 [10] MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson 15 [15] SO MUCH IN LOVE Art Garfunkel 16 [11] ENDLESS SUMMER NIGHTS Richard Marx 17 [20] PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole 18 [25] CARMELIA Dan Hill 19 [13] NEVER DIE YOUNG James Taylor 20 [16] NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley Chart Comings & Goings Say Hello To (New Arrivals): #35 - "Heart Of Mine" by Boz Scaggs #42 - "This Is Love" by George Harrison #49 - "Englishman In New York" by Sting #50 - "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman Say Goodbye To (Imminent Departures): "Another Chance To Love" by Dionne Warwick & Howard Hewett (Peak - #24) "Highway Rain" by Michael Tomlinson (Peak - #24) "Seasons Change" by Exposé (Peak - #1) "Can't Stay Away From You" by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine (Peak - #1) Spotlight Song I've been doing these AC wraps for about a year now (actual year, not virtual year), and that has given me a spot to talk about some artists that I like and want to highlight. But since I started back in virtual 1982, there are some artists I haven't been able to spotlight yet either because they haven't become popular yet, are too hard to appear on the AC chart (no Maiden here), or haven't been popular since 82. That's the case for today's artist, who took a long (too long) eight-year hiatus from recording. William Royce Scaggs was born in Canton, Ohio in 1944. His family eventually settled in Plano Texas, where Scaggs attended St. Mark's School of Texas and became friends with fellow student Steve Miller (Tommy Lee Jones and both Luke and Owen Wilson also attended there, not at the same time). After graduating, both Scaggs (who had earned the nickname 'Bosley", shortened to Boz) and Miller attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison together while also playing in local blues bands. After leaving UWM, Scaggs went to London, and later Sweeden, where he recorded an album, 1965's Boz, which did not sell well. Returning to the US in 1967, he headed for San Francisco, where he met back up with Miller and performed on his first two albums. This exposure led to another record deal and another album, 1969's Boz Scaggs, which featured the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Duane Allman. It didn't sell well and Scaggs moved to Columbia Records, where he made three more albums (1971's Moments, 1972's My Time, and 1974's Slow Dancer) to moderate success. Then came his breakout. 1976's Silk Degrees hit #2 on the Billboard Album Chart, sold 5 million copies, spawned 3 top 40 singles, and was nominated for a grammy for Record Of The Year (losing to Songs In The Key Of Life). The single "Lowdown" peaked at #3 and sold over a million copies. A successful tour followed. And another album with the same players (including most of Monday's Spotlight Artist Toto), but this one didn't hit. The two singles didn't make Top 40 and the album, Two Down, Then Left didn't make the top 10. Scaggs shuffled the cards for his next album, 1980's Middle Man. It did better than 2DTL, hitting #8 and spawning 2 top 20 hits, "Jojo" and "Breakdown Dead Ahead". The end of 1980 yielded a greatest hits package (cleverly titled Hits!)with a new single, and a song on the popular Urban Cowboy soundtrack. these two songs would be the last two from Scaggs for seven years. After that, things stopped for Scaggs. “I’d been working very hard since putting my band together in San Francisco, I enjoyed it but after ten years of the routine of make-a-record-go-on-the-road, I found myself using up a lot of time and energy with things that weren’t so important to me, the things it takes to maintain a high-level career. It was taxing my physical and mental being too much.” He opened a nightclub in San Francisco, Slims. He opened a restaurant in Dallas, Blue Light. He experimented with fried chicken recipes. He also got a divorce. The fight took four years. It took a while for Scaggs to get back to a place where he wanted to make an album (he always wanted to make music). When he finally came back to the studio, he brought some heavy hitters with him. Marcus Miller, Patrick Leonard, Larry Williams, John Robinson, Dann Huff, Lenny Castro, Paulinho de Costa, James Ingram, and Peter Wolf are just some of the musicians appearing on Other Roads, his 1988 return to music. But the music world he returned to was not the same as the one he left in 1980, and Other Roads began a downward chart trend. The album would peak at #47, and the lead single, Today's Spotlight Song "Heart Of Mine", at #35. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv7tMnwdT8c
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