Peak UK Chart Position: #22 in November 1990.
Melbourne-born Jason Donovan made the transition from Australian soap star – playing Scott Robinson in Neighbours – to pop star with some considerable ease, but without the longevity of his counterpart Kylie Minogue, only being a chart star across a four-year period.
“Nothing Can Divide Us” was the breakthrough single in 1988, hitting number five in the UK and also going top three in Ireland and his homeland. The “are they, aren’t they” questions surrounding Kylie were fuelled further by his next hit, the duet “Especially For You” which wound up being the Christmas number two for 1988 in the UK (with Angry Anderson’s “Suddenly” – the Neighbours wedding theme – at four), finally hitting the top spot in early 1989.
1989 was by far his peak, also hitting the top with “Too Many Broken Hearts”, “Sealed With A Kiss”, and featuring on Band Aid II’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” – the Christmas chart topper – whilst simultaneously having the Christmas number three in “When You Come Back To Me” (perhaps one of the most ignored festive songs ever). His star began to wane in 1990, with this track – “I’m Doing Fine” – debuting at a lowly number 35 on this day in 1990.
He’s been back touring this year, performing with his “Ten Good Reasons and Greatest Hits” tour, and he has been far from quiet over the years, starring in stage musicals including “Joseph”, “Sweeney Todd”, and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”. He was seldom far away from Top of the Pops in the late 80’s and early 90’s; here he is on the October 25th 1990 edition, hosted by Jakki Brambles, and starting with the countdown from 30-11. Plenty of pink and blue lighting…