This Week In 1980: February 3, 1980
Husband and wife musical duos don't tend to end well. Look at Sonny & Cher and Ike & Tina Turner. But when the chemistry is right, they can make beautiful music together. Not a euphemism.
This week in 1980, a married couple who'd enjoyed a trio of top 10 hits in the mid-'70s returned to the Australian chart for - ready for it? - one more time.
Also enjoying one more time, was Michael Jackson, who spent a second week at number 1 with "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough".
Off The Chart
Peak: number 75
A year after co-writer Bill LaBounty released his version of this adult contemporary ballad, Michael Johnson made the Billboard top 20 with his remake.
Number 93 "Every Day Hurts" by Sad Café
Peak: number 78
Sad is right. It gets more miserable this week with soft rockers Sad Café, who reached number 3 in the UK with this weepy breakup ballad.
Number 92 "The Chosen Few" by The Dooleys
Peak: number 65
Here's another UK top 10 hit under-performing locally for the British group so named because most members came from the Dooley family. This was their only top 100 appearance in Australia.
Number 73 "Where Did We Go Wrong" by Marcia Hines
Peak: number 62
Recorded by Diana Ross in 1973 and released, in remixed form, on her 1978 album, Ross, this ballad was covered by Marcia Hines and issued (somewhat belatedly) as the follow-up to top 10 hit "Something's Missing (In My Life)". A surprising flop.
Number 47 "Sara" by Fleetwood Mac
Peak: number 11
It's hard to believe, but Fleetwood Mac have only had one top 10 hit in Australia. Not "Dreams" (number 19). Or "Go Your Own Way" (number 20). Or "Little Lies" (number 16). No, it was "Tusk", which reached number 3 and was currently working its way down the chart. This follow-up came closest to giving the band a second top 10 single. Quite a different song from its predecessor, "Sara" was written by Stevie Nicks, who has admitted that the title was the name she would have given to the child she conceived with Don Henley but chose to terminate - a fact he revealed years later. The name Sara also holds other meaning for Stevie - one of her close friends Sara Recor went on to marry Mick Fleetwood and, in 1986, Stevie checked in to the Betty Ford Clinic under the name Sara, which was referenced in the song "Welcome To The Room... Sara" on Tango In The Night.
Peak: number 3
They'd topped the chart with debut single "Love Will Keep Us Together" in 1975, which was followed up by a couple of number 9 hits, and the title of that number 1 smash did ring true for "Captain" Daryl Dragon and his wife, Toni Tennille - until it all went wrong in the years before Daryl's death in 2019. But in 1980, the couple, who ended up being married for 39 years, were still very much in love and returned to the Australian top 50 for the first time since 1976's "Shop Around". Their comeback was thanks to a new deal with Casablanca, but despite "Do That To Me One More Time" restoring them to the upper reaches of the chart - and taking them all the way back to number 1 in America - it was a short-lived return to form, with the pair never returing to either the Australian or US top 50 again.
Listen to this week's new entries on my Spotify playlist of all the top 50 hits from 1980 (updated weekly):
Next week: the follow-up to a massive number 1 from 1979 and the arrival of one of 1980's chart-topping singles.