08 June 2022

Kent Music Report beyond the top 100: 8 June 1981

This week in 1981, there was only one new entry in the Kent Music Report's beyond number 100 list that missed the top 100.  Let's take a look at it.
April Wine: big in Canada.
Beyond the top 100:
Position 23 "Just Between You and Me" by April Wine
Highest rank: 11th
Peak dates: 29 June 1981, 6 July 1981 and 13 July 1981
Weeks on below list: 5 weeks

Canadian rock band April Wine formed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1969.  They never landed a top 100 entry on the Australian chart - single or album - and this was as close as they got.
The group had much greater success in North America, with a string of hit singles in their native Canada dating back to 1971.  "Just Between You and Me" was April Wine's seventeenth top 40 hit in their homeland, where it reached number 22.  The single also became the band's biggest of three US Billboard Hot 100 top 40 hits, peaking at number 21 in April 1981.  In the UK, "Just Between You and Me" peaked at number 52 in April 1981.
"Just Between You and Me" was the fourteenth video shown on MTV on their launch day, on 1 August 1981, making it the first video shown by a Canadian artist on the American (then) dedicated music video channel.

Listening to this track for the first time, I am surprised that it wasn't a hit locally, as it seems like just the sort of thing radio would lap up - easy listening soft rock with a melodic chorus.  I can only surmise that it wasn't a hit because, for whatever reason, radio didn't take to it here.

Next week (15 June): Another week with only one new entry on the beyond the top 100 list.

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