Where Were You on Aug. 2, 1987?

By Bill Oglesby | August 1st, 2014

What was in the news, topping the Billboard charts, and going in professional sports.

Billboard’s Top 5 songs on August 2, 1987:

1. “Shakedown” – Bob Seger

2. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” – U2

3. “Alone” – Heart

4. “I Want Your Sex” – George Michael

5. “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” – Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine

TRIVIA: How did Ritchie Valens, the subject of the current movie La Bamba, die on Feb. 3, 1959?

(See answer, below.)

At local movie theaters … Lou Diamond Phillips stars as singer Ritchie Valens in La Bamba now showing at Ridge and Midlothian. Teenage vampires are the subject of The Lost Boys starring Jason Patric, Corey Haim, Kiefer Sutherland, Corey Feldman and Jami Gertz now showing at the Chesterfield and Crater cinemas, and the Biograph has a double feature of Raising Arizona and Black Widow.

Lots of live theater in Richmond … The Amorous Flea at Barksdale, 42nd Street at Swift Creek Mill, Cotton Patch Gospel at Theater IV and The Day They Shot John Lennon at Speakeasy Cabaret.

On TV tonight … It’s Sunday, and that means the top-rated show, 60 Minutes, is on Channel 6 (CBS) at 7, when the stories include a custody battle in which five children, now living in foster homes, don’t want to go back to their natural mother, a profile of comic Robin Williams and the increase in civil lawsuits in America.

In pro golf, Virginia’s own Curtis Strange shoots a 3-under-par 69 in the final round to win the Memphis Classic.

The Pizza Hut chain has agreed to pull a TV ad making light of college hazing after a number of protests. The ad shows some frat brothers laughing and eating pizza. The camera then pans to a closet where another student is tied up, eating a cardboard pizza.

A new national study shows one out of every four felons receives probation rather than a prison or jail sentence, and even a third of drug traffickers in 1985 were given probation.


Ritchie Valens was killed when the plane in which he was a passenger, along with Buddy Holly and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, crashed near Clear Lake, Iowa. 

Bill Oglesby was inspired to create “Where Were You” by a radio show he would listen to while in graduate school in Southern California. You can read more of “Where Were You” each day on Facebook by joining the group, “Where Were You on B-103.7.” 

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