As we enter the fourth quarter of the year with chart week #40, let’s review The Other Sixty from 1980, 1981, and 1982.
October 4th, 1980
Kim follows up her first solo Top 10, her version of the Smokey Robinson & the Miracles hit, More Love, with another 60s cover, this time from the Box Tops. It was a #2 smash for them in 1968. Kim’s recording minus the sitar would make up to #44.
The Troutman brothers would carry the funk flag into the 80s as an unofficial Parliament offshoot. Their signature was thick synth-funk, and singer Roger using a talk-box so much you’d think Frampton got the idea from him. Pop radio was completely ignored, which was turning away from most dance music after the ’79 Disco backlash. It will be a #2 Soul smash and lay the groundwork for most Wes Coast hip-hop through the 90s. On the Hot 100, the bouncing stops at #86. Roger will have a #3 solo hit in 1988 called I Want To Be Your Man.
October 10th, 1981
Here’s a ballad from an L.A. quintet, which should have been perfect for 1981’s inoffensive soft rock pop playlists. It’s reflected in a #47 zenith and probably didn’t go much higher because it’s boring as hell.
Fun fact: Before forming this band, singer/songwriter/keyboardist Billy DeMartines performed on Iron Butterfly’s last album, Sun And Steel.
Look at what’s happened to Joey. I can’t believe it myself. Suddenly he has a hit from a goofy TV show. It could have been anyone else. Believe it or not, this follow-up will crash at #49.
Cliff has racked up four US Top 40 hits so far in the 80s, which is more than the previous three decades combined. The pop-rock title track to his new Alan Tarney-produced album should have added to that total, but instead will short out at #71, even as it hits the UK Top 5.
Johnny Lee is looking for another Top 40 hit, but Pop radio stations are all the wrong places. The midtempo song will hit #1 on the Country charts but will fall off the bull at #54. Johnny is also in the middle of looking and finding some love with Dallas’ Charlene Tilton, whom he’ll marry in 1982.
Inspired by Stars On, this medley of 60s hits sounds like it belongs on a Donny & Marie variety show sketch. It was the brainchild of UK producer Ken Gold, and it made the Top 5 in England. I guess this stuff is big over there because they have no Vegas to go to. In the States, it debuts at its peak.
Savoy Brown was a blues-rock group formed in the 60s. Bu the early 80s, they had multiple personnel changes, including three members leaving to form Foghat. This will be their biggest hit on the Hot 100, a studio cover of a Smokie song found on their Greatest Hits Live In Concert LP and will run up to #68.
October 9th, 1982
This will be the second of three debuts on the Hot 100 during chart week forty for Cliff, and they will all be in The Other Sixty. It’s the lead single to his new album, Now You See Me…Now You Don’t, which perfectly describes his presence at Pop radio in the early 80s. This UK Top 10 will only reach #64.
I’m glad this Rockford, IL quartet is in the RNRHOF if only to make up for solid Power pop like this not getting its due the first time around. MTV played this video a lot back then, and that was my first time seeing this band. Between Bun E. Carlos barely playing the drums with a cigarette in his mouth to Rick Nielsen’s five-way guitar action, I was immediately a fan. This one gets the stop sign at #65.
I’m not much of an Eddie Money fan, but I find that I like his non-hits way more than what got on the radio, such as this one. Maybe its because he snuck the word tits into this song, and no one noticed. The follow-up to his recent Top 20 smash, Think I’m In Love, will get lots of Rock radio airplay but will only peak at #63.
The first single from this septet’s second album, What Time Is It? is another synth-funk jam. Amazingly, the performance is mostly Prince in the studio with Morris Day singing vocals. I don’t know why it was done this way when you have such talented musicians in this group. I’m sure it was an event to see these guys live back then. This will be a #2 Soul hit, but get disconnected at #88 on the Hot 100.