Yesterday marked the 31st anniversary of our moving to the Atlanta area from Chicago. We left Chicago at noon on Hallowe’en (which was a Saturday) and drove straight through with the cats we had at the time making noise the whole way. (Curiously, the ones we had slipped tranquilizers to made more noise than the ones we hadn’t been able to catch.) We did stop for dinner in Metropolis, Illinois (home of Superman) and stopped a couple of times for gas and a bio break. Our last stop was at a Waffle House in Dalton, Georgia at about 1 AM on Sunday morning. The place was PACKED and everyone but Mary and I were in costume. Ah, good times…
Anyway, to commemorate the occasion, I’ve chosen a survey from WQXI, which at one time broadcast on 790 AM and 94.1 FM in The Big Peach (yeah, they call it that sometimes). A few months into 1988 they changed it so that the AM station was a simulcast of the FM station, and then toward the end of 1989 the FM station became WSTR, which it continues to be to this day. This survey is from 1984, when I first started visiting Atlanta, where my company was based.
- Lionel Richie, “Penny Lover” The fifth single from his mega-successful 1983 album Can’t Slow Down, this reached #8 nationwide. He co-wrote this with his wife at the time, Brenda, mother of Nicole.
- Hall & Oates, “Out Of Touch” From their 1984 album Big Bam Boom, this was their last song to reach #1 nationally.
- Kenny Rogers, “What About Me?” Written by Rogers, producer David Foster, and singer-songwriter Richard Marx, it was sung by Rogers, James Ingram, and Kim Carnes. It only reached #15 on the Hot 100 but reached #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Title track of Kenny’s 1984 album.
- Billy Ocean, “Caribbean Queen (No More Love On The Run)” Written by Billy and his producer Keith Diammond, it reached #1 on the Hot 100 and Hot Black Singles charts and earned him the 1985 Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
- Rebbie Jackson, “Centipede” Big sister to LaToya, Janet, Michael and the rest of the Jackson 5, this song was written and produced by Michael and featured him and The Weather Girls (“It’s Rainin’ Men”) on backing vocals. It reached #4 on the R&B singles chart and #24 on the Hot 100.
- New Edition, “Cool It Now” From their eponymous second album from 1984, the song peaked at #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.
- Sheena Easton, “Strut” from her 1984 album A Private Heaven, it was that album’s first single and peaked at #7 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Cash Box survey. Sheena was nominated for a Grammy for Best Female Vocal Performance for this song.
- Tina Turner, “Better Be Good To Me” From her 1984 Private Dancer LP, this reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #6 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Chart, and earned the Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female.
- Chaka Khan, “I Feel For You” Chaka Khan… Chaka Khan… This song had so many things going for it: written and produced by Prince, joined by Stevie Wonder on harmonica, and, of course, Chaka Khan’s vocal performance. Title track of her 1984 album, it reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Black Singles and Hot Dance Singles charts.
- Prince, “Purple Rain” From the film and album of the same name, it was one of Prince’s signature songs and peaked at #2 on the Hot 100.
That whole survey left me with the warm and fuzzies, how about you?
And that’s The Friday 5×2 for November 2, 2018.