Peak UK Chart Position: #4 in September 1984.

Happy birthday to the following:

  • Mark O’Toole – born in Liverpool, England – bassist/founder member of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, turns 53 today (three UK number ones: “Relax”, “Two Tribes”, and “The Power Of Love”, all 1984)
  • Ben Haenow – born in Croydon, England – singer, winner of X Factor 2014, is 32 today (“Something I Need” UK #1 in 2014, “Second Hand Heart” with Kelly Clarkson UK #21 in 2015)
  • Alex Turner – born in Sheffield, England – vocalist/musician/songwriter, leader of Arctic Monkeys, turns 31 today (two UK number ones: “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” in 2005, “When The Sun Goes Down” in 2006)

Finally, Kathy Sledge – born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States – turns 58 today. She is best known as the lead singer of the quartet Sister Sledge, together with siblings Debbie, Joni, and Kim. The group started out in 1971, but only scored one UK hit in their first eight years – “Mama Never Told Me”, a number 20 hit in 1975. Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of Chic assisted in propelling them into the big time, with hits such as “He’s The Greatest Dancer”, “We Are Family”, and “Lost In Music”. Their biggest UK success came in 1985 when “Frankie” was a four-week chart topper.

“Lost In Music” was released three times; originally in 1979 it peaked at number 17, then gained its highest placing on a 1984 reissue. In 1993 it was remixed by production duo Sure Is Pure on the back of the success of a similar remix of “We Are Family”, peaking at number 14 on that occasion. Here it is, as performed on the September 6th 1984 Top of the Pops, with the likes of Bucks Fizz, Alphaville, and Level 42 also on the bill. The show was hosted by John Peel and Janice Long, with Bruno Brookes making his first ever (cameo) appearance.

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