Billboard #1’s for the Week Ending September 12, 1981

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Song Act Weeks
Hot 100 Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie 5
R & B Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie 4
Country Older Women Ronnie McDowell 1
Adult Contemporary Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie 2
Rock Start Me Up The Rolling Stones 2
Album Escape Journey 1

This week sees yet another staple of 80s radio log their only week at the top of the album charts. Journey was formed in 1973 by former members of Santana and experienced studio musicians. After four years of limited success, they added lead singer Steve Perry to the mix. They managed 10 minor hits (four in the Top 40) and then changed keyboardists. Jonathan Cain, late of the Babys, added the magic touch, and this incarnation of Journey was by far the most successful. Escape, their eighth U.S. release, included four Top 20 hits, three of which went Top 10. This included their biggest hit, Open Arms, which logged six weeks at #2 in early 1982. As an added bonus, this album also spawned an Atari 2600 video game, Journey: Escape.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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