This week in 1980

Bray People - - ENTERTAINMENT -

1 Xanadu Olivia New­ton-John and Elec­tric Light Orches­tra 2 Use It Up and Wear It Out Odyssey

3 Jump To The Beat Stacy Lat­ti­saw

4 Cu­pid/I’ve Loved You For A Long Time Detroit Spin­ners 5 Could You Be Loved Bob Mar­ley and the Wail­ers

6 My Way of Think­ing/I Think It’s Go­ing To Rain UB40 7 Ba­booshka Kate Bush

8 Cry­ing Don McLean

9 Wa­ter­falls Paul McCart­ney

10 More Than I Can Say Leo Sayer It’s hard to be­lieve that Elec­tric Light Orches­tra, who sold over 50 mil­lion records around the world in 13 years of ac­tive record­ing, reached the top of the chart only once in their na­tive UK and in Ire­land. While the band’s sig­na­ture tune ‘Mr Blue Sky’ peaked at 6 in the UK (and a lowly 28 in Ire­land) in 1978, their ‘Xanadu’ col­lab­o­ra­tion with Olivia New­ton-John, from the movie of the same name, hit the top spot two years later. It was also one of seven topten hits for ELO in the US. Four-time Grammy win­ner Olivia New­tonJohn, who has sold an es­ti­mated 100 mil­lion records world­wide, had al­ready tasted No. 1 suc­cess be­fore reach­ing the top with ‘Xanadu’, thanks to her star­ring role along­side John Tra­volta in ‘Grease’. New­ton-John and Tra­volta’s two big duets from the movie, ‘You’re The One That I Want’ and ‘Sum­mer Nights’ were both chart-top­pers, help­ing make that sound­track one of the big­gest sell­ers in his­tory.

Olivia New­ton-John in ‘Xanadu’.

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