It’s Friday and we’re heading back to the Quad Cities today after a week in Spirit Lake, Iowa. I think I need some ’80s music to get me motivated to head back to work Saturday. Enjoy these tunes and have a great weekend.
“I’ll Be Your Shelter” — Taylor Dayne
I’ve always been a huge fan of Taylor Dayne and I saw her in concert in 2010 at Chicago’s Gay Pride.
She had quite a bit of mainstream success in the late-1980s and early-1990s and then she wanted to do her thing without the support of a major label.
During her mainstream career, she scored three successful albums that produced seven consecutive top ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100 from 1987-1990. Her first two hits, “Tell It To My Heart” and “Prove Your Love” reached #7.
Her biggest Hot 100 hit was the #1 smash, “Love Will Lead You Back” in 1990. Her last top ten hit, “I’ll Be Your Shelter” peaked at #4 that same year.
“Come Go With Me” — Expose
Freestyle dance music exploded in the 1980s and this Miami trio took advantage of it.
Expose had a total of ten hits on the Billboard Hot 100’s top forty. Of those, eight went to the top ten from 1987-1993.
“Seasons Change”, in 1988, was the group’s only chart topper.
I saw them at Market Days in 2008 and they looked and sounded fantastic.
Their first hit, “Come Go With Me”, in 1987 reached #5 on the charts.
“The Glamorous Life” — Sheila E.
While she still works today, drummer and percussionist Sheila E. is probably best known for her work with Prince.
As a solo artist, she scored three top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.
Her first solo hit was he biggest. “The Glamorous Life” made it all the way up to #7 in 1984 and it also topped the Dance chart.
That was followed by the #34 hit, “The Belle of St. Mark” in 1984 and “A Love Bizarre” in 1985. The song just missed the Hot 100 top ten peaking at #11. However, “Bizarre” did reach #1 on the Billboard Dance charts.