Billboard #1s for the Week Ending February 11, 1984

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Karma Chameleon Culture Club 2
R & B If You Only Knew Patti LaBelle 3
Country That’s the Way Love Goes Merle Haggard 1
Adult Contemporary Think of Laura Christopher Cross 2
Rock Jump Van Halen 4
Album Thriller Michael Jackson 28

FogelbergLanguageThis week sees a renowned performer rack up his eleventh and final consecutive Top 40 hit. Dan Fogelberg started his career performing solo acoustic shows in cafés. He recorded a debut album that met with disappointing sales, then regrouped for his notable sophomore effort, Souvenirs. It included his first hit, Part of the Plan [#31, 1975]. From that point onward, he had solid album sales and slowly began releasing more singles. He broke through with the #2 smash Longer in 1980, taken from the album Phoenix. His next album, The Innocent Age, was his masterpiece and commercial peak, spawning four Top 20 hits. He followed that with a greatest hits package that included all eight of his singles; the two new songs on the disc were also released, running his string of Top 40 singles to ten consecutive, a fairly impressive feat. In 1984, he released Windows and Walls, a reasonably successful album that included the single The Language of Love. This week the song moved from its #59 chart debut to #39, becoming his 11th and final Top 40 single; it peaked at #13 in late March. Fogelberg never saw big chart success after this decade of steady charting, but he continued to record and perform regularly until his death from cancer in 2007 at the age of 56.

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Freelance writer and researcher; fan of comic books, folk music, and British TV

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