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This Week In... 1989

March 22, 2016

27 years ago, The Big O and Scottish music's other Reid brothers topped the ARIA Charts.


MysteRY Girl – Roy Orbison

The final album recorded by legendary singer-songwriter Roy Orbison during his lifetime spent four straight weeks at the top of the ARIA Albums Chart during March 1989. Released just two months after Orbison’s passing, Mystery Girl debuted at #9 before hitting the top spot in its second week on the chart. It spent a total of 13 weeks in the top ten.

Mystery Girl took over the #1 spot from the debut album by the rock supergroup the Traveling Wilburys; which featured Orbison as a member along with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. Members of the group also contributed to the recording of Mystery Girl, as did Elvis Costello and members of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and U2.

The album features the singles ‘You Got It’ (#3 Feb. ’89) and ‘She’s A Mystery To Me’ (#17 Apr. ’89). It was #9 on the 1989 ARIA End Of Year Albums Chart. It has received a 3x Platinum accreditation.

Two posthumous Roy Orbison albums have since charted: King Of Hearts (#25 Nov. ’92) and One Of The Lonely Ones (#40 Dec. ’15).


I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers

Scottish twins Charlie and Craig Reid, aka The Proclaimers, picked up their only #1 on the ARIA Charts to date when ‘I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ spent five straight weeks in the top spot during February and March 1989. Released as the first single from the duo’s second album, Sunshine On Leith (#2 Apr. ’89), the track debuted at #42 in December 1988. It reached #1 for the first time in its ninth week in the top 50 and spent a total of 15 weeks in the top ten.

‘I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ reached #3 on the 1989 ARIA End Of Year Singles Chart. It later became a hit in the US in 1993 thanks to it featuring in the film Benny & Joon.

The Proclaimers’ only other top 50 appearance to date on the ARIA Singles Chart was with the follow-up single I’m On My Way (#3 Apr. ’89). Both singles came from the album Sunshine On Leith (#2 Apr. ’89).