Yep, it’s another lyric challenge. Do you know the name of the song and the performer who sang it simply by reading some of the lyrics? That is the question. Atually it’s 5 questions, so if you’re a sing-alonger (yes I know that isn’t a real word, but it is now!) with songs in your car, then this should be a breeze. All of the questions below pertain to songs that were in the Top Ten on Billboards’ Hot 100 chart during the week of September 8th, 1984.
1. This female singer was on the comeback trail with this song. Some of the lyrics are: “You must understand. That the touch of your hand. Makes my pulse react. That it’s only the thrill. Of boy meeting girl. Opposites attract.” This song was # 1 for three weeks in September of ’84. What’s the name of this song and which ‘private dancer’ sang it?
2. The lyrics for this movie theme song weren’t all that scary, except for the man who wrote and sang it. I’ll explain all that in the answer below. Meantime, a short snippet of the lyrics are: “If there’s something strange in your neighbourhood. Who ya gonna call?” OK, if you can’t figure out the song title from that, you must have been afraid for the past 30 years? The movie starred Dan Ackroyd, Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis. So who are you gonna call? Answer please.
3. A portion of the lyrics for this September 1984 Top 10 hit are: “I’ve got this feeling. Deep down in my soul. That I just can’t lose. Guess I’m on my way. Needed a friend. And the way I feel now, I guess. I’ll be with you till the end.” The performer was the former lead singer of one of Motown’s most successful groups from the 1970’s and ‘80’s before embarking on a smash solo career. What’s the song and who “Truly” (HINT ALERT) wrote and sang it?
4. This one might be a tad tougher. The opening lyrics are: “Everytime I think of you, I always catch my breath. And I’m still standing here, and you’re miles away. And I’m wonderin’ why you left. And there’s a storm that’s raging through my frozen heart tonight.” Who’s the singer and what’s the name of this song? You won’t have to Waite (HINT ALERT) long for the answer if you don’t know it.
5. A Canadian singer/songwriter from Montreal had the # 9 song the week of September 8th, 1984. A portion of the lyrics to his song are: “Don’t switch the blade on the guy in shades; oh no. Don’t masquerade with the guy in shades (oh no, I can’t believe it). You got it made with the guy in shades, oh no.” So search your Hart (HINT ALERT) and guess the name of this singer/songwriter and his 1984 Top Ten hit.
1. Tina Turner had the # 1 song for the week of September 8th, 1984 with her hit “What’s Love Got To Do With It”. It was her very first # 1 EVER. “Proud Mary” recorded as Ike & Tina Turner was the closest she’d come before that. That one made it to # 4 in 1971. “What’s Love Got To Do With It” was from her 1984 ‘comeback’ album “Private Dancer”, which also produced two other hits, “Better Be Good To Me” climbed to # 5 and the title song, “Private Dancer” peaked at # 7 in March of 1985. Tina hit the Top Ten again three more times. “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)” went to # 2 in September of ’85; “Typical Male” also made # 2 in October of ’86. Tina’s last Top Ten hit, “I Don’t Wanna Fight” peaked at # 9 in August 1993.
2. “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. had been the # 1 song for three weeks in August of ’84, but by September 8th, it had dropped to # 4. Ray got into a bit of trouble with that song. It seems the producer of the film was using temporary songs while editing “Ghostbusters” (the original score hadn’t been written yet) and rather liked “I Want A New Drug” by Huey Lewis & The News. Ray Parker Jr.’s theme song for “Ghostbusters” was a little too close to “I Want A New Drug’ for Huey Lewis, so who’d Huey call? His lawyer, naturally! Huey Lewis sued and won an undisclosed settlement. Ghostbusters” was the only # 1 Ray Parker Jr. ever had, although he had hit the Top Ten singles chart four previous times.
3. It was Lionel Ritchie who wrote and sang 1984’s “Stuck On You” (not to be confused with the 1960 Elvis Presley # 1 hit that used the same title. It was a totally different song). For the week of September 8th, “Stuck On You” was at # 5, but the previous week, September 1st, it had reached its peak at # 3. Prior to “Stuck On You”, Lionel had had four # 1’s – “Endless Love” a duet with Diana Ross in 1981, “Truly in ’82, 1983’s “All Night Long (All Night)” and a few months before “Stuck On You”, “Hello” hit # 1. In ’85, Lionel was once again at the top of the singles chart with “Say You, Say Me”.
4. “Missing You” by John Waite would go on to become a # 1 hit during the week of September 22nd, but two weeks earlier, it was still climbing at # 2. Although Waite charted 10 singles on Billboards’ Hot 100, “Missing You” was his only # 1 and in fact, his only Top Ten hit. Prior to his solo career, Waite had been the lead singer for The Babys and Bad English.
5. The week of September 8th, 1984 was the final week for Cory Hart and his first Billboard charted hit, “Sunglasses At Night”, which peaked at # 7. Although Cory charted 11 songs on Billboards’ Hot 100, only one other song, 1985’s “Never Surrender”, cracked the Top Ten, climbing to # 3 in 1985. Earlier this year, Corey hung up his vocal chords with a final concert in his hometown of Montreal.