Billboard #1’s for the Week Ending May 16, 1981
May 14, 2011 1 Comment
This week’s Time Capsule!
|Hot 100||Bette Davis Eyes||Kim Carnes||1|
|R & B||A Woman Needs Love
(Just Like You Do)
|Ray Parker, Jr. and Raydio||1|
|Country||I Loved ‘Em Every One||T.G. Sheppard||1|
|Adult Contemporary||Sukiyaki||A Taste of Honey||1|
|Rock||The Waiting||Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers||2|
|Album||Hi Infidelity||REO Speedwagon||10|
This week sees one of the biggest hits of the 80’s vault to #1. Inspired by the screen legend, Jackie DeShannon and Donna Weiss wrote the song Bette Davis Eyes. Kim Carnes, who had been in the music business writing and singing for over 20 years, recorded the song on her album Mistaken Identity. Her smoky vocals and sneaky delivery perfectly matched the lyrics and caught America’s attention. On May 16, 1981, the recording jumped from #5 to #1, where it would reign for nine of the next ten weeks.