March 2

This Day in History

Also on This Day

Lead Story
Dr. Seuss born, 1904
American Revolution
The Siege of Boston, 1776
Automotive
Ford celebrates 1 millionth Mustang, 1966
Civil War
Yankees rout Rebels at the Battle of Waynesboro, 1865
Cold War
Soviet Union and Chinese armed forces clash, 1969
Crime
Congress passes the Jones Act, 1929
Disaster
Train passengers suffocate, 1944
General Interest
Congress abolishes the African slave trade, 1807
Texas declares independence, 1836
Pioneer 10 launched to Jupiter, 1972
Hollywood
Grave robbers steal Charlie Chaplin’s body, 1978
Literary
John Irving is born, 1942
Music
Sheena Easton sets a Billboard chart record when "Sugar Walls" becomes a Top 10 R&B hit, 1985
Old West
Sam Houston born, 1793
Presidential
Bush honors the Boston Red Sox, 2005
Sports
Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points, 1962
Vietnam War
First Rolling Thunder raid conducted, 1965
Kennedy proposes plan to end the war, 1967
World War I
Puerto Ricans become U.S. citizens, are recruited for war effort, 1917
World War II
The Battle of the Bismarck Sea, 1943

Music

Mar 2, 1985:

Sheena Easton sets a Billboard chart record when "Sugar Walls" becomes a Top 10 R&B hit

The controversial Prince-penned song "Sugar Walls" reaches #9 on Billboard magazine's R&B Singles chart on March 2, 1985, and makes Sheena Easton the first and still only recording artist to score top-10 singles on all five major Billboard singles charts: Pop, Country, Dance, Adult Contemporary and R&B.

To be fair, this same feat might have been achieved by Elvis Presley had the Dance chart existed during his heyday. But that is not to take anything away from Easton, who in her journey from the sweet and innocent "Morning Train (9 to 5)" to the salacious "Sugar Walls" accomplished a degree of crossover success that even such notorious musical shape-shifters as Madonna, Cher and Olivia Newton-John never matched. And it is also fair to point out Elvis Presley never matched Sheena Easton's additional feat of squeezing in a Grammy for Best Mexican-American Performance (for 1985's "Me Gustas Tal Como Eres"). For the record, the hits that helped Sheena Easton achieve her five-way Billboard record were, in order of release: the aforementioned 1981 Pop and Adult Contemporary hit "Morning Train (9 to 5)"; the 1983 Dance hit "Telefone (Long Distance Love Affair)"; the 1983 Country hit "We've Got Tonight" (a duet with Kenny Rogers); and the infamous 1985 R&B hit "Sugar Walls."

"Sugar Walls" also appeared on a very different chart in 1985: The so-called "Filthy 15" chart of the most objectionably dirty popular songs in existence, as chosen by Tipper Gore and her Parents Music Resource Council. The PMRC found the song's unsubtle metaphors objectionable enough to give "Sugar Walls" the #2 spot on the Filthy 15, second only to Prince's even less subtle "Darling Nikki." In the eyes of the diverse fellow-musicians who heaped their scorn upon the PMRC (e.g., Frank Zappa, Dee Snider, Ice-T, Metallica, Sonic Youth), it is quite possible that this accomplishment earned Sheena Easton even more musical street cred than the chart record she set on this day in 1985.

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