Ben E King

CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 22nd February 1987

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 22nd 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 16th to Saturday 21st February 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 eight new entrys, sixteen climbers and two non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Mantronix – “Who Is It?”
Kurtis Mantronik returns to the UK top 40 for a second time with this new track, the follow up to last years “Bassline”.

39. Gwen Guthrie – “Good To Go Lover”
Not such a good time for Gwen Guthrie. Her new entry from last week actually drops two places and doesn’t look like it’s going to be the runaway success of the last one.

38. Jackie Wilson – “Reet Petite”
Jackie Wilson’s Christmas number one from last year is STILL with us, fourteen weeks now but down five places.

37. Anthrax – “I Am The Law”
US rock band Anthrax have been recording for four year now but without any success over here, although that changes today with this first top 40 entry with the first track from their upcoming second album.

36. The Beastie Boys – “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right”
Making their chart return since “She’s On It” two years ago are The Beastie Boys with the fifth single to come from their, now year old album, “Licenced To Kill”.

35. Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley – “Jack Your Body”
Another former number one – this one’s been on the chart for eight weeks – comes from Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley, who drops fifteen this week.

34. Spandau Ballet – “How Many Lies?”
Spandau Ballet’s latest offering from the album “Through The Barricades” was new on last week but unlike Gwen Guthrie, they move up once place.

33. Freddie Jackson – “Have You Ever Loved Somebody?”
So too does Freddie Jackson with only his second UK top 40 hit, going up three places for him. His latest album, “Just Like The First Time”, is out now.

32. Bananarama – “Trick Of The Night”
The Nanas brought this fourth offering from “True Confessions” to the chart last week and are up seven places, with help from a recent BBC programme on the making of the video.

31. The Eurythmics – “Missionary Man”
Annie and Dave are back with their fourth single from the album “Revenge”, which now gives them four out of four top 40 hits from the long player!

30. Sam Moore and Lou Reed – “Soul Man”
Sam Moore hooked up with Lou Reed for this re-recording of his 1967 classic and made it to the chart last week. They go up eight places, seven days later.

29. Timbuk 3 – “The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades”
However bright the future is, Timbuk 3 can take their shades off as they go down eight places from their chart peak this time last week.

28. Erasure – “It Doesn’t Have To Be”
Vince and Andy are back with a new entry and looking for another top ten hit following their biggest to date at the end of last year with “Sometimes”.

27. The Christians – “Forgotten Town”
Birmingham band The Christians continue to progress with their first top 40 entry, which is up two more places this week.

26. Vesta Williams – “Once Bitten Twice Shy”
Taking her bow is vesta Williams with her debut UK chart hit, which leaves the top twenty this week, down ten places.

25. Taffy – “I Love My Radio”
As does Taffy with her former top ten hit, which descends thirteen places.

24. Duran Duran – “Skin Trade”
Duran Duran‘s follow up to “Notorious” was a new entry last week and they go up one place more.

23. Jackie Wilson – “I Get The Sweetest Feeling”
Jackie Wilson’s former number one is still kicking around, but he comes back to the chart for a second time today with yet another reissue, this time it’s a 1968 US top ten hit that failed to chart here first time, so he’s already made it a hit with this arrival!

22. Randy Crawford – “Almaz”
Rady Crawford’s biggest hit for seven years takes a big step out of the top ten this week as it sinks fifteen places.

21. The Communards – “You Are My World ’87”
While The Communards remix of their debut single builds an ever better position for itself, going up five places, much higher than the original reached two years ago.

20. Hot Chocolate – “You Sexy Thing”
Hot Chocolate remain top twenty…just…with their re-released 1977 smash, which falls seven places this week.

19. Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman – “The Music Of The Night”
Going down eight are Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman with their duet from the musical, The Phantom Of The Opera.

18. The Cult – “Love Removal Machine”
Making way for a new entry from The Cult with a brand new track which will feature on a new album they have coming out soon and this gives them their third top twenty hit and their first for two year.

17. a-ha – “Manhattan Skyline”
One above them are the boys from Norway who bag this weeks highest new entry with the follow up to “Cry Wolf” and the third single from the album, “Scoundrel Days”.

16. Eric Clapton – “Behind The Mask”
Six weeks of climbing have come to and end for Eric Clapton as this week he takes a step back with the only single so far to make the top 40 from his album, “August”.

15. Simply Red – “The Right Thing”
Making their chart comeback last week were Simply Red with this brand new track from their upcoming new album and they return to the top twenty with a climb of eight places.

14. The Blow Monkeys – “It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way”
The Blow Monkeys biggest chart hit thus far has been in the top five but is slowing leaving the chart, this week with a fall of six places.

13. Five Star – “Stay Out Of My Life”
And so are Five Star, after just one week, they want you to stay out of their life and now the top ten with a drop of four places.

12. Europe – “Rock The Night”
Moving closer to a second top ten hit are Europe, up five more places this week, rocking the night, even after the final countdown!

11. Westworld – “Sonic Boom Boy”
Westworld made their chart debut last week with this song which was also the highest new entry. By going up eleven places, the are one of this week’s two highest climbers!

10. Carly Simon – “Coming Around Again”
Carly Simon is back in the top ten this week for the first time since “Why?” as she climbs four places, giving her a fourth UK top ten hit so far.

9. The Jets – “Crush On You”
The family Wolfgramm also take to the UK top ten for the very first time with their US top five hit, which is up nine places this week.

8. Mental As Anything – “Live It Up”
Australian band Mental As Anything have made it quite a way from the very bottom of the chart in just three weeks and with a climb of eleven places, they are this weeks other joint highest.

7. Level 42 – “Running In The Family”
Level 42’s new track moves higher up the top ten this week with a climb of three places with their new album due next month.

6. Pepsi and Shirlie – “Heartache”
Pepsi and Shirlie are still suffering with heartache of their debut single not reaching the top spot and drop two more spots this week taking them out of the top five.

5. George Michael and Aretha Franklin – “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”
Right behind them are their former bandmate George and Aretha Franklin with their former chart topper, down three places.

4. Man 2 Man Meets Man Parrish – “Male Stripper”
Taking themselves into the top five are Man 2 Man with their reissued single, doing so much better than last year and up two places.

3. Curiosity Killed The Cat – “Down To Earth”
Refusing to move for a third week running are Curiosity Killed The Cat with their first top 40 hit, which stays top three.

2. Percy Sledge – “When A Man Loves A Woman”
Last week’s massive climber of twenty three places from Percy Sledge is up three more places to take him within sight of the top spot, perhaps for the first time with his 1966 debut single…

1. Ben E King – “Stand By Me”
But not for this week as Ben E King hold the title of Britain’s best selling single for a second week with his 1961 classic. So will it be the battle of the old songs next week? Ben E King vs Percy Sledge, or will Man 2 Man strip off all the way to the top? 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!