Ben E King

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 15th February 1987

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 15th February 1987

So this was the chart that Radio 1 DJ Bruno Brookes broadcast from 5-7pm with data from the GALLUP computer based on record sales from Monday 9th to Saturday 14th January 1987.

This is how the charts USED to look with new entries, climbers and non-movers, all based solely on record purchases.
This week there were nine new entrys, twelve climbers and one non-mover! And it was announced like this…

40. Bananarama – “Trick Of The Night”
Bananarama are back in the chart with this new entry, their first top 40 showing since “Venus” last year and the fourth single to come from their recent album, “True Confessions”.

39. The Gap Band – “Big Fun”
The Gap band are still going stong on the chart, down thirteen places this week and now with eleven weeks in the top 40.

38. Sam Moore and Lou Reed – “Soul Man”
Here’s a coming together of veteran singers. Sam Moore (51) and Lou Reed (44) join forces for a cover of Sam’s own 1967 hit with Dave Prater, which reached No.24 here then. How will this new version do…?

37. Gwen Guthrie – “Good To Go Lover”
And there’s a new entry for Gwen Guthrie next with the follow up to her big top five hit “Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ On But the Rent” last year. Can she make it two in a row?

36. Freddie Jackson – “Have You Ever Loved Somebody?”
…that is the question being asked by Freddie Jackson with this chart comeback. It’s his first top 40 showing since “Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)” two years ago!

35. Spandau Ballet – “How Many Lies?”
Another question is being asked by Spandau Ballet with their new entry this week, the follow up to last year’s top ten hit “Through The Barricades” and the third single from the album of the same name.

34. UB40 – “Rat In My Kitchen”
UB40 still have a rat in their kitchen and six weeks on appear not to have found it, even ten places lower than they were last week.

33. Jackie Wilson – “Reet Petite”
Also down ten is former chart topper Jackie Wilson with last year’s Christmas number one, now in its thirteenth week in the top 40.

32. Rosie Vela – “Magic Smile”
American model, actress and now pop star has been a non-mover for the past two weeks but she is no longer with a drop of five places.

31. Swing Out Sister – “Surrender”
And dropping ten places are Swing Out Sister with their second top ten hit in a row from their debut album, “It’s Better To Travel”.

30. Robbie Nevil – “C’est La Vie”
Robbie Nevil’s debut single has been around for two months now, four of which spent in the top ten, but he’s down fourteen places this week.

29. The Christians – “Forgotten Town”
British band The Christians made their top 40 debut last week with this song and go up six places into the top thirty seven days later.

28. Alison Moyet – “Is This Love?”
She has a new album on the way and the lead single from it has become one of her biggest and most successful yet, Alison Moyet is down thirteen this week and out of the top twenty.

27. Elkie Brooks – “No More The Fool”
Dropping fourteen places with her biggest hit to date is Elkie Brooks, who leaves the top twenty with two months now on the clock.

26. The Communards – “You Are My World”
Jimmy and Richard are back in the chart with a new mix of their debut single from back in 1985, which made it to No.30 then, so they’re already bettered it with this new entry!

25. Duran Duran – “Skin Trade”
Also coming back onto the chart for 1987 are Duran Duran with the second single to come from their current album, “Notorious” and the follow up to the title track.

24. The Smiths – “Shoplifters Of The World Unite”
Having been a highest new entry two weeks ago and sticking to the same spot, The Smiths leave the top twenty, down twelve places this week.

23. Simply Red – “The Right Thing”
We welcome Simply Red back to the chart with a brand new single from their forthcoming second album and it’s their first top 40 entry since last year’s No.2 smash, “Holding Back the Years”.

22. Westworld – “Sonic Boom Boy”
One place higher and with this week’s highest new entry are British band Westworld who fly in with their debut single and certainly make a bold entrance as they mean business!

21. Timbuk 3 – “The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades”
Timbuk 3 are still rising and looking forward to the future with their shades on, up four for them this week and hoping for a top twenty hit next week.

20. Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley – “Jack Your Body”
The former number one from Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley leaves the top ten this week, down twelve places as there are big changes above…

19. Mental As Anything – “Live It Up”
There are some big movers from new entry’s last week and it starts with Australian band Mental As Anything with their UK chart debut, which soars up twenty places, but it’s not the highest!

18. The Jets – “Crush On You”
US family The Jets, all eight of them, were new on last week and they blast into the upper half of the chart with a climb of twelve places.

17. Europe – “Rock The Night”
Europe are on the move too, up another three places for them with the follow up to last year’s chart topping epic.

16. Vesta Williams – “Once Bitten Twice Shy”
Time has run out for Vesta Williams who has been on the up for six weeks now. She takes two steps back this week with her UK chart debut.

15. Eric Clapton – “Behind The Mask”
But Eric Clapton keeps going with a climb of two places with the first top 40 charting single to come from last year’s album, “August”.

14. Carly Simon – “Coming Around Again”
One of last week’s joint highest climbers came from Carly Simon, she’s up eight places this week, now her highest since “”You Know What To Do?” in 1983.

13. Hot Chocolate – “You Sexy Thing”
Once week in the top ten was all Hot Chocolate were getting last week with this reissued 70’s classic as they fall back three places.

12. Taffy – “I Love My Radio”
And down and out of the top ten also for Taffy with her first chart hit, which drops six places.

11. Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman – “The Music Of The Night”
The second top ten hit from The Phantom Of The Opera musical come from its stars Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman, they too leave the top ten, down four places this week.

10. Level 42 – “Running In The Family”
Last week’s highest new entry was this new track from Level 42, who are up eight places and back in the top ten for a fourth time in their chart career.

9. Five Star – “Stay Out Of My Life”
Five Star are also back in the top ten with a climb of two more places which now means they’ve had four all from the same album, “Silk And Steel”.

8. The Blow Monkeys – “It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way”
The Blow Monkeys have reached their highest chart position to date with this new track, but drop out of the top five this week with a fall of three places.

7. Randy Crawford – “Almaz”
And following them is Randy Crawford, also down three, with her biggest charting UK single for seven years.

6. Man 2 Man Meets Man Parrish – “Male Stripper”
Last week’s other joint highest climber was from Man 2 Man, who went into the top ten with this reissue that is up three on this weeks chart.

5. Percy Sledge – “When A Man Loves A Woman”
From last week’s to this week’s highest climber and a whopping twenty three places for Percy Sledge’s 1966 hit that powers back into the top ten after twenty one years!

4. Pepsi And Shirlie – “Heartache”
Having propped up the number one for two weeks, former Wham singers Pepsi and Shirlie drop back two places with their debut single.

3. Curiosity Killed The Cat – “Down To Earth”
While British band Curiosity Killed The Cat‘s top 40 first clings on in the top three for a second week in the same position.

2. George Michael and Aretha Franklin – “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”
All change around Curiosity as the number one from the last two weeks from George and Aretha is no more and is down one place.

1. Ben E King – “Stand By Me”
Which means we have a new number one and it is last week’s second highest new entry from Ben E King, who storms up eighteen places to claim the top spot and in doing so, takes his 1961 original all the way thanks to the film of the same name. But can he keep it for a second or will Percy Sledge’s re-release or maybe Man 2 Man knock him off? There’s only one way to find out…

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!