FLASHBACK: America's Top 10 October 19, 1980

The episode of America's Top 10 that aired the weekend of October 19, 1980, features just two Top 10s, those of the Pop and Soul charts.  Queen had the Pop Spotlight while the Soul Spotlight was on Earth, Wind & Fire.  Most of the rest of the show was taken up by Part One of Casey's hard-hitting history of "Pop Music" featuring interviews with "those who lived it".   As always, all thanks to burtiscurtis09 for upping the video.  



Country Top 10 is missing #10: "Steppin' Out" - Mel Tillis

Tunecaster Rock missing "Hell's Bells"-AC/DC (#7), "A Little Is Enough"-Pete Townshend (#5) and "Back In Black" (#1)

Top 40 Debuts

Hot 100 Debuts

That Weekend's Music Guests on HERC's Favorite Shows

Split Enz were the musical guest on the Fridays episode that aired October 17, 1980.  They performed two songs: "I Got You" and "I Hope I Never".  (WATCH and WATCH)

NBC's The Midnight Special from October 17, 1980 featured host Mac Davis singing "Me and Fat Boy Pruitt," "Rock 'n' Roll I Gave You All the Best Years of My Life", "Texas In My Rear View Mirror", "Secrets" & "Rodeo Clown". Cher and Black Rose performed "Never Should've Started," "You Know it" & "Ain't Got No Money" while Olivia Newton-John & Cliff Richard duetted on "Suddenly" (WATCH) from the Xanadu soundtrack and Peaches & Herb had a "Funtime". Cliff Richard also performed "Dreamin' " & "Everyman" from his I'm No Hero album.

Following Fridays on most ABC stations that night was Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. Joan Armatrading performed "Me, Myself, I", "All The Way From America", "Love and Affection", "When You Kisses Me", "He Wants Her" and "Show Some Emotion" live while Devo offered up "Whip It", (WATCH"Snowball" and "Gates Of Steel".  Devo also starred in two music videos: "Girl U Want" and "Freedom Of Choice".  Other music videos from that epsiode:

On the October 18, 1980 episode of American Bandstand, Livingston Taylor performed "First Time Love" and Irene Cara performs "Fame" and "Out Here On My Own" from the Fame soundtrack.

The Soul Train that aired on October 18, 1980 featured Tyrone Davis performing "How Sweet It Is" and "Overdue" while Teena Marie did "I Need Your Lovin' " (WATCH) and "Behind the Groove" (WATCH).

Solid Gold from October 18, 1980 saw host Dionne Warwick sing her hit form 1963, "Make It Easy On Yourself".  Co-host George Benson did "Give Me the Night" and "Love X Love" while the Rolling Stones performed "She's So Cold" via music video,  Future host Marilyn McCoo & her husband Billy Davis Jr. sang their hit from 1976, "You Don't Have To Be A Star".  Rounding out the musical performances on the show were Don Williams doing "I Believe In You", Molly Hatchet did "Beatin' the Odds" and the Spinners sang "Now That You're Mine Again".

(The sixth season of Saturday Night Live didn't begin until November 1980.)

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