American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman was born. She's a four-time Grammy Award–winning artist. Her debut self-titled album (1988) topped the albums charts in many countries, including the US and the UK. It produced three singles: "Fast Car", "Talkin' 'bout a Revolution", and "Baby Can I Hold You".
Robert Palmer went to number one in Spain for five consecutive weeks with "Johnny and Mary", the first single from his sixth studio album, "Clues". The song was used in advertisements promoting Renault cars.
British new wave band Visage reached number one in Germany with their self-titled debut album. The album produced four singles: "Tar", "Fade to Grey", "Mind of a Toy", and "Visage".
Phil Collins went to number one in the US for two weeks with "One More Night", the first single from his multiplatinum album, "No Jacket Required".
Phil Collins went to number one in the US for seven non-consecutive weeks with his third solo album, "No Jacket Required". The album produced four successful singles: "One More Night", "Sussudio", "Don't Lose My Number", and "Take Me Home"
French band Gold started a four-week run at #1 in France with "Capitaine abandonné" (Abandoned Captain), the lead single from their second album of the same name.