Top 40 Songs This Week – October 22, 1983: Songs 40-31

Hi Everybody! Welcome back to a new week of the Top 40 Countdown. This week, we will Return to 1983. This was the very early days of cable TV in my house. I may have had it for just about a year at this point. And I was still glued to MTV. Ah, the good ole days! I know that MTV gets a lot of crap for not playing videos anymore by a lot of people (especially me). But, I’ve been thinking about it. With the music that is out there these days, I would probably not be tuning in to MTV if they did show videos!
Let’s face it, we lived through the peak years of music videos. So, let’s Return to a glorious time – the week ending October 22, 1983, and begin the countdown.

40. “Miracles” by Stacy Lattisaw

R&B singer Stacy Lattisaw kicked off the last countdown we covered – October 4, 1980 – with her hit song “Let Me Be Your Angel“. 3 years later, at the age of 16, she still has an incredible voice.

39. “Tender is the Night” by Jackson Browne

This song really brings me back to the early ’80s. The video features Daryl Hannah, whom Browne was in a relationship with at the time.

38. “Send Her My Love” by Journey

Classic Journey tune from their Frontiers album.

37. “Everyday People” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Joan Jett knocks another out of the park with this cover of the 1968 Sly and the Family Stone hit song.

36. “Everyday I Write the Book” by Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Elvis Costello was one of those singers who I didn’t really care for when I was younger. But, I do appreciate him more now.

35. “Puttin’ On the Ritz” by Taco

Back on our countdown of July 30, 1983, this song was #26. All these weeks later, “Puttin’ on the Ritz” is still hanging around in the top 40.

34. “Crumblin’ Down” by John Cougar Mellencamp

This classic Mellencamp song was the lead single off of his Uh-Huh album. This was the first song to use John’s real last name. I suppose that the Cougar was left in for now so we wouldn’t get confused?

33. “Can’t Shake Loose” by Agnetha Fältskog

This isn’t a bad song by the former ABBA singer. Her voice and the music kind of sounds a little like Olivia Newton-John.

32. “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” by Michael Jackson

This was the sixth single released from Jackson’s legendary Thriller album. It was also his sixth top 10 hit from that album. Michael’s sisters Janet and LaToya provided backing vocals on this song.

31. “Foolin'” by Def Leppard

And we will wrap up today’s list with a rocker by one of my favorite bands – Def Leppard. The girl playing the harp is Perri Lister. Lister was Billy Idol’s girlfriend at the time. They were together for several years, and have a child together – Willem Wolf Broad. The couple broke up in 1989.
This is a great video. I remember watching it all the time in the early days of MTV, and I never got sick of it.

Well, so far so good. I liked every song so far, and the countdown is going to keep getting better! So come back this week, and Return to the ’80s!

Remember That Song: 10/20/14

Can you name the artist and song:

I was beat
I’d been had, I was sad and blue

Last Song: “Heaven” by Warrant from Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich (1989)

Great job Robert (@mishouenglish) and Frida (@carrjam94)!!

Now the lights are going out,
Along the boulevard
Memories come rushing back and makes it pretty hard

October 17 – The Great Quake of ’89

Well, here is my annual post about the earthquake that I experienced in the Bay Area on this day in 1989. Many of you may remember this as the World Series earthquake, as it happened just before a World Series Game between the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants. A lot of you may have seen this post already, but I know there are a lot of new people too, so I’ll repost this.

October 17, 1989 at 5:04 pm was a time that I will never forget. With no exaggeration, I thought that was going to be the last day of my life. That was the day of the Great Quake of ’89, or as it is formally known as – the Loma Prieta earthquake. Or if I mention it these days, I say that is the earthquake that happened during the World Series, and then it rings a bell to people who lived outside of California’s Bay Area.

Today is the 25th anniversary of the earthquake. It was on a Tuesday that year. At the time, I was working at the Oakland Naval Hospital as a cook. My hours were 4:30am-6:30pm. I was looking forward to watching game 3 of the World Series after work. It was a huge deal in that area as both teams were local – the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s.

Then at 5:04, as I was walking through the kitchen getting ready to clean up, it sounded like there was a train quietly rumbling towards us. The sound was getting louder and louder, and then I could feel the building start to shake. Then the hospital started shaking more and more violently. It was starting to shake so much, that I had to hold myself up against a big metal table. There was a row of ovens (empty) behind me, and their doors were falling open. Then it felt like the whole ground was going to crumble apart under my feet, and the whole hospital was going to collapse on top of us. It was dinner time, so there were quite a few people in the cafeteria, and several people screamed. After what felt like an eternity, the shaking slowed to a stop. The earthquake lasted around 15 seconds, but I could swear that it was really 15 minutes. When everything became still, there were actually some people who actually cheered. I don’t know if they were cheering because we were all still in one piece, or if they were just sick and cheered as if it was an amusement park ride. Not too long after, there was an aftershock that was even worse than some earthquakes. A lot of people freaked out and screamed again. But that only lasted for a split second. I remember that there were still aftershocks occurring a few weeks after the earthquake

We put on whatever radios we could find, and we found out that a part of the Bay Bridge collapsed, and that the Cypress Freeway had collapsed. Then we got news that we may be getting a lot of patients brought to our hospital. All the corpsmen and doctors and nurses had to be called in. While we were waiting for them to come in, some of us cooks got a quick training on how to carry a stretcher so we could bring patients in from an ambulance. We waited outside and listened to the news come in about all of the damage. Only one ambulance came in while I was waiting, and I didn’t have to carry the person in. Things could have been much worse. The highways that had collapsed normally would have been bumper to bumper with cars and trucks. But since it was near game time for the World Series, there were a lot of people who were either at the game at Candlestick Park, or they had left work early, or they were staying late to have parties at work. 63 people died, and 3,757 were injured.
I left work around 12:30 am and got home around 1:00 am. This was at a time when people did not really have cell phones, and my family was on the East Coast. So, it was 4:00 am on the East when I got home, and I was debating whether I should call my family at that hour. I decided that I better, and it was a good decision. My mother answered the phone on the first ring!

This was a day that I will never forget as long as I live.

Here is the beginning of the televised portion of the World Series:

Here is a news clip of the Cypress Freeway collapse:

And here is the Bay Bridge:

People were trapped in the rubble of the Cypress Freeway, and there were rescue efforts for days. On October 21, 4 days after the quake, a survivor was found. His name was Buck Helms. “Lucky Buck”, as the media dubbed him, was freed from the wreckage, having spent 90 hours trapped in his crushed car under the rubble. Unfortunately, he died 29 days later from respiratory failure at the age of 57.

It took years for the area to rebuild. And to this day, there is still some rebuilding going on in the area from this disaster.

Remember That Song: 10/17/14

Hair’s to Friday!!!

Can you name the artist and song:

Now the lights are going out,
Along the boulevard
Memories come rushing back and makes it pretty hard

Last Song: “You Are” by Lionel Richie from his self-titled album (1983)

Baby you’ll find.
There’s only one love, yours and mine.
I’ve got so much love.

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