Note: This series originally appeared on Facebook in a slightly different form, Aug-Sept 16.
The second half of Side 2 is much more ballad-y/soft, so if you’re looking for the rock, you may want to come back in about a week or so.
Folks who know me from way back in the day are aware I was a faithful (obsessive?) follower of Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 for a number of years. Even though I’d trended toward album rock as I got closer to college-age, I still paid pretty close attention to the pop charts, even in to 1987. About a decade ago I began assembling playlists from selected weeks of the top 40 between June 1976 and May 1986. One of the compilations I like most from this project is that of April 21, 1984. Three songs from that countdown are on these tapes; here’s the second of them to come up so far. It was very much a favorite that spring/summer, and got to #5.