Peak UK Chart Position: #2 in November 1986.
A new entry at Number 36 on this day in 1986, ascending to number two (and spending a fortnight there) just three weeks later, this was the ninth top forty hit for Kim Wilde – and her joint biggest, matching the peak of her debut single “Kids In America” back in 1981.
Still performing – indeed, about to start a tour in Australia with Howard Jones – her career spans an incredible 36 years (she turns 56 next month) with a total of 25 top fifty singles. With this single, she became only the fifth UK female solo artist to top the US Billboard charts back in 1987, following in the footsteps of Petula Clark, Lulu, Sheena Easton, and Bonnie Tyler. She was a BRIT Awards winner back in 1983 in the category Best British Female Solo Artist.
Definitely not her only cover version to be big in the UK charts (this track originally a hit for the Supremes in 1966), she also took “If I Can’t Have You” to number 12 in 1993, and duetted with the late Mel Smith on “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” for Comic Relief, a number three in 1986. Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King’s “Shame” was also covered by Kim, but only managed number 79 in 1996.
Kim looks absolutely stunning in this Top of the Pops performance – taken from a special show, the ‘Review Of The 80s’ broadcast on December 28th 1989 – with studio appearances also by Aswad, Shakin’ Stevens, Phil Collins, Erasure, David Essex, Status Quo, and Chris De Burgh.
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