Billboard #1s for the Week Ending January 23, 1982

This week’s Time Capsule!





Hot 100 Physical Olivia Newton-John


R & B Turn Your Love Around George Benson


Country Red Neckin’ Love Makin’ Night Conway Twitty


Adult Contemporary Yesterday’s Songs Neil Diamond


Rock Centerfold J. Geils Band


Album 4 Foreigner


This week sees more chart stagnation. The Hot 100 sees a bit of motion in the Top 10, preparing for some big changes in the next couple of weeks and George Benson notches his second of two R&B #1s, but overall the charts hold steady.

Let’s look elsewhere in music news, then. On January 23, 1986, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame held its first induction, welcoming nine members. While that first class were all clearly deserving and the pool had nice racial balance, it was sad that no women were inducted at all that year. This trend of neglect continues to be one of the Hall’s greatest weaknesses.


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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