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Throwback Thursday: “Somebody’s Watching Me”

10/30/2014 at 2:20 | Posted by Jennifer Hall // Staff Writer
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The average household income was $21,600.00, and the average new home could run you about $86,730.

The AIDS virus was identified and the first Apple Macintosh computer went on sale.

Can you guess the year?

It was 1984!

Argyle Vests, Shadow Fox Coats, and Flounced Dresses were fashion staples, and My Little Pony and Maxx Steele Erector Robots were popular toys of the time.

Blockbusters included Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Gremlins, Beverly Hills Cop, Police Academy, and Splash.

The MTV Video Music Awards began, and thirty-six of Britain and Ireland’s pop musicians formed Band Aid and recorded the song “Do They Know It’s Christmas” to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia.


However, while part of the world was singing to end hunger in Africa, one performer was terrified that he was under constant surveillance.

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Rockwell, the son of Motown founder Barry Gordy, burst onto the scene with “Somebody’s Watching Me.” His debut single featured childhood friend Michael Jackson on the chorus and was released on Motown records.

The single peaked at no.1 on the Billboard R&B charts where it remained for five weeks.

Rockwell – “Somebody’s Watching Me”


Other hits from 1984 include…


Tina Turner – “What’s Love Got To Do With It”


Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson – “Say Say Say”


Kenny Loggins – “Footloose”


Lionel Richie “Hello”


Deniece Williams “Let’s Hear It For The Boy”



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