The Friday 5×2: WLS, 8/23/80

Thirty years ago today, WLS celebrated its last day as a Top 40 station, moving to a news-talk format. I wanted to get a survey from that day, but unfortunately they stopped issuing a weekly survey at the end of 1982. I did the next best thing today: here is their survey from August 23, 1980.

  1. Rocky Burnette, “Tired Of Toein’ The Line” Rocky is the son of Johnny (“You’re Sixteen, You’re Beautiful, and You’re Mine”) Burnette and nephew of Dorsey. This reached #8 on the Hot 100. After a very long hiatus, he’ll have a new album out this fall.
  2. SOS Band, “Take Your Time (Do It Right)” Not exactly disco, but electro-funk, the SOS band is from Atlanta. This reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B and Dance charts. They had several more R&B chart Top 10’s, but didn’t have any further Pop chart success.
  3. Charlie Daniels Band, “In America” This patriotic number was the lead single off of Full Moon, and reached #11 on the Hot 100 and #13 on the Country chart. It experienced a revival after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
  4. Christopher Cross, “Sailing” I think anyone who’s read this blog knows how I feel about Christopher Cross in general and this song in particular. It was his second single in 1980 and it reached #1 in both the US and Canada.
  5. Paul McCartney, “Coming Up” From Sir Paul’s 1980 album McCartney 2, on which he played all the instruments and harmonized with Linda. It reached #1 in the US and was #7 for the year.
  6. Genesis, “Misunderstanding” Third single from their 1980 album Duke, it reached #1 in Canada and #14 in the US. Phil Collins hadoriginally written this for his first solo album, 1981’s Face Value, but ended up donating it to Genesis.
  7. Blues Brothers, “Gimme Some Lovin'” Joliet Jake (Chicago’s own John Belushi) and Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) Blues and their all-star band took this to #18 in the US and #22 in Canada. Home field advantage, I guess.
  8. Rolling Stones, “Emotional Rescue” Title track from the Stones’ 1980 release. It reached #1 in Canada and #3 in the US.
  9. Billy Joel, “It’s Still Rock ‘n’ Roll To Me” From Billy’s 1980 album Glass Houses, it spent 11 weeks in the Top 10 on the Hot 100, including two weeks at #1. It was the #7 record for the year.
  10. Olivia Newton-John, “Magic” From the 1980 soundtrack for the film Xanadu, which didn’t do as well as the song did, reaching #1 on the Hot 100 and AC charts in the US and #1 in Canada. Maybe they should have just released the album and forgotten about the mobie. Just my opinion.

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for August 23, 2019.

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