Thirty-five years ago today, our family was spending its eighth week in Tucson after Dad was transferred from Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. After we spent our first four weeks living in a tent at the Crazy Horse Campground southeast of Tucson city limits, we had moved into what felt like the Taj Mahal: a 4 bedroom, two bath home on the base that had a backyard as large as the house itself.
After repeatedly playing three cassettes (above) to death at the campground, I was overjoyed to be able to tune in local FM stations KLPX and KWFM on my Soundesign Stereo (model #4764) in the privacy of my own room and enjoy the popular album rock of the day (KLPX) as well as KROQ-ish new wave (KWFM) but I missed the Top 40 of WLS back in Illinois. Turns out, they were playing a lot of the same music I was listening to more than a thousand miles away; at least according to the weekly survey below.
It's a solid Top 40 45 with a great mix of pop, rock, country, and soul hits. Rock was king with Journey, Foreigner, Billy Squier, Stevie Nicks and Rick Springfield each having two singles apiece on the survey. I count almost ten acts who later became Rock and Roll Hall Of Famers and a few more who are on the ballot of nominees this year.
Looking over the Thirty-threes albums chart, two of my tapes were in the Top 3 though I had another six of the albums on vinyl at the time while I recall Dad owning another four so, between us, we had a solid one-third of the albums listed. And check out that Concerts in the Weeks Ahead killer lineup featuring Genesis performing songs from their latest album Abacab on the second of their two nights in the Windy City that very night (November 14th) before AC/DC rolled in on their For Those About To Rock Tour later that week for a three-night stand closely followed by the Rolling Stones on their American Tour 1981 a couple nights later, also a three-night sell-out, to be immediately followed up by a show from the mighty Earth, Wind & Fire touring behind their album, Raise!, which happened to be released on November 14, 1981. And that all went down at the same venue, the Rosemont Horizon.
Rick Springfield was featured on the back of the week's survey with the lyrics to his hit song (written by Sammy Hagar, in case you didn't know) "I've Done Everything For You" as well as being featured in the Bio section. The survey was sponsored by Chicagoland Shell stations who were giving away reproductions of pencil-drawn prints of Chicago Bears players including "Sweetness" himself, the immortal Walter Payton.
The survey scans above and below are my own from a near gem mint condition survey I picked up for a couple of bucks on eBay. Someday soon I hope to have enough cash to buy many more of them. After the full-frontal scan below, I've included a chart comparison with WLS going up against the Billboard and Cashbox one-hundred position charts for the same week. All song titles and artists names in the comparison chart appear exactly as they do on the survey.
|45||Fire And Ice||Pat Benatar|
|44||Beach Boys Medley||The Beach Boys||84||98|
|43||The Voice||Moody Blues||81||94|
|42||The Stroke||Billy Squier|
|40||Slow Hand||Pointer Sisters|
|39||Theme from Greatest American Hero||Joey Scarbury|
|38||Hold On Tight||Electric Light Orchestra||58||96|
|37||Share Your Love With Me||Kenny Rogers||38||48|
|36||Leather & Lace||Stevie Nicks||25||36|
|35||(There's) No Gettin' Over Me||Ronnie Milsap|
|34||Poor Man's Son||Survivor||44||57|
|33||The Breakup Song||Greg Kihn Band|
|32||Jessie's Girl||Rick Springfield|
|31||Stop Draggin' My Heart Around||Stevie Nicks||45||77|
|30||Say Goodbye To Hollywood||Billy Joel||22||24|
|29||Queen Of Hearts||Juice Newton||80||50|
|27||Here I Am||Air Supply||7||14|
|26||Heavy Metal||Don Felder||100||75|
|25||No Time To Love||The Tarney/Spencer Band|
|23||Hard To Say||Dan Fogelberg||20||18|
|22||Burnin' For You||Blue Oyster Cult||96||51|
|20||Working In A Coal Mine||Devo||87||58|
|19||Don't Stop Believing||Journey||28||34|
|18||We're In This Love Together||Al Jarreau||15||23|
|17||In The Dark||Billy Squier||61||46|
|16||Who's Cryin' Now||Journey||53||25|
|14||No Reply At All||Genesis||32||35|
|13||When She Was My Girl||Four Tops||11||10|
|12||Step By Step||Eddie Rabbitt||35||16|
|11||For Your Eyes Only||Sheena Easton||16||5|
|10||Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic||The Police||12||11|
|9||I've Done Everything For You||Rick Springfield||8||9|
|7||Waiting For A Girl Like You||Foreigner||4||12|
|6||Endless Love||Diana Ross & Lionel Richie||21||3|
|5||The Night Owls||Little River Band||6||7|
|4||Tryin' To Live My Life Without You||Bob Seger||5||8|
|3||Arthur's Theme||Christopher Cross||9||2|
|2||Start Me Up||Rolling Stones||2||4|
|1||Private Eyes||Hall & Oates||1||1|
This is the song I didn't recognize from the survey, number 25 on WLS (after peaking at 24 a few weeks earlier) though it had originally peaked at number 84 on the Hot 100 upon its original release in 1979 and peaked ten positions higher in a brief four-week run again after being re-released in 1981. After listening to the music video, the song's chorus brought it back front and center - loved it back then but have all but forgotten about it and would have sworn it was by another group. Looked it up and I have it on The Greatest Hits Album. Further research revealed that Alan Tarney, who sang and played everything on the song except Spencer's drums, was involved with several other familiar and beloved hits of both the Seventies and the Eighties. Mind blown!