Peak UK Chart Position: #3 in January 1986.

Birthdays for today, February 7th, include:

  • Garth Brooks – born Troyal Garth Brooks, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States – country singer/songwriter, turns 55 today (“The Red Strokes/Ain’t Going Down” UK #13, “Standing Outside The Fire” UK #28, both 1994)
  • Danny Goffey – born Daniel Robert Goffey, in Eton, Buckinghamshire, England – musician/songwriter, turns 43 today (with Supergrass: “Alright/Time” UK #2 in 1995, “Going Out” UK #5 in 1996)
  • Alan Lancaster – born Alan Charles Lancaster, in Peckham, London, England – musician/vocalist/songwriter, turns 68 today (as founder/bassist of Status Quo: “Down Down” UK #1 in 1974, “What You’re Proposing” UK #2 in 1980)

Last for today is Steve Bronski – born in Scunthorpe, England – who celebrates his 57th birthday today. He formed Bronski Beat in 1983 with Jimmy Somerville and the late Larry Steinbachek, who – at the time – were sharing a three-bedroom flat in Brixton. An openly gay group, they signed to London Records in 1984 after just nine live gigs, releasing their striking debut “Smalltown Boy” in May of that year. It was the first of three number three hits for the group, and was a hit again in 1991, released again in 2013, and sampled into a dance hit in 2006 by Supermode (entitled “Tell Me Why”).

“Hit That Perfect Beat” was their first post-Jimmy Somerville success (he had gone on to form The Communards), and featured new vocalist John Foster, aka Jon Jon. The track made an appearance on the soundtrack to the movie “Letter To Brezhnev”, and was written by Foster, Steinbachek, and Bronski. It appeared on Top of the Pops three times; twice with the group in the studio and once as playout – this is their first performance, taken from December 12th 1985 and hosted by Gary Davies and Janice Long.

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