Billboard #1’s for the Week Ending November 14, 1981

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Song Act Weeks
Hot 100 Private Eyes Daryl Hall & John Oates 2
R & B I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Part 1) Roger 2
Country My Baby Thinks He’s A Train Rosanne Cash 1
Adult Contemporary Here I Am Air Supply 2
Rock Start Me Up The Rolling Stones 11
Album Tattoo You The Rolling Stones 9

This week sees an unusual Top 10 ballad debut on the charts. Coming in at #86 in its first of 29 weeks on the Hot 100 is Key Largo by Bertie Higgins. This sweet, wistful song poses a could’ve been narrative using the framework of the 1948 Bogart – Bacall film of the same title. It eventually eased its way up to #8 and was a radio mainstay. It also spent two weeks at the top of the Adult Contemporary charts in December 1981. Higgins barely avoided being a true One Hit Wonder, logging a brief stay on the charts with his follow-up Just Another Day In Paradise.


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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