Let’s travel about 90 miles out of Chicago to Milwaukee, home of radio station WKTI at 94.5 FM, now an ESPN affiliate. In May 1987 they were still playing Top 40 music, so let’s see what was on their Top 10 the last week of May.
- Breakfast Club, “Right On Track” A New Wave band out of New York City that at one time featured Madonna on drums, Breakfast Club had their greatest chart success with this song, which peaked at #7 on the Hot 100.
- Al Jarreau, “Moonlighting” Theme song for the wildly popular TV show starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis, this remains a favorite on Smooth Jazz radio. The song topped the Adult Contemporary chart, although it only reached #23 on the Hot 100 and #32 on the R&B chart. The late Al Jarreau was a native of Milwaukee.
- Cutting Crew, “(I Just) Died In Your Arms” Cutting Crew’s debut single topped the chart in the US and Canada, and was their best-performing song chart-wise.
- Genesis, “In Too Deep” Genesis moved from progressive and folk-rock to pop all within about ten years, managing to become both an artistic and a commercial success. “In Too Deep” is from their 1986 album Invisible Touch and it reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
- Jody Watley, “Looking For A New Love” Jody Watley won the 1987 Grammy for Best New Artist. I’m not sure if it was because of this video, but it would certainly have influenced me. This made it to #2 on the Hot 100 while topping the R&B and Dance charts.
- Eddie Money, “Endless Nights” From his 1986 album Can’t Hold Back, this only made it to #21 on the Hot 100 but #10 on the Mainstream Rock chart.
- Chicago, “If She Would Have Been Faithful…” From Chicago 18, which was the first album without bassist and vocalist Peter Cetera. Cetera’s replacement, Jason Scheff, sang this along with Bill Champlin. It reached the Top 10 on the AC chart and #19 on the Hot 100.
- Huey Lewis & The News, “I Know What I Like” Their second single off of 1986’s Fore!, it reached #9 on the Hot 100.
- Atlantic Starr, “Always” From their album All In The Name of Love, this was the band’s first and only #1 hit, reaching that position on the R&B, Adult Contemporary, and Hot 100 as well as #1 in Canada and #3 in the UK.
- Level 42, “Lessons In Love” The first single from 1987’s Running In The Family, this was Level 42’s most popular single in the UK (from whence they came), reaching #3 there and #12 in the US.
And that’s the Friday 5×2 for May 31, 2019.