This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart

Song

Act

Weeks

Hot 100 I Love Rock ‘N Roll Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

7

R & B If It Ain’t One Thing…It’s Another Richard “Dimples” Fields

2

Country Mountain Music Alabama

1

Adult Contemporary Chariots of Fire – Titles Vangelis

5

Rock Heat of the Moment Asia

2

Album Chariots of Fire [Soundtrack]

3

This week sees a prolific songwriter and great pop singer debut on the Hot 100 with her only Top 40 hit. Karla Bonoff has written dozens of songs recorded by other artists, including hits by Wynonna Judd, Lynn Anderson, and Linda Ronstadt. She’s also worked with Wendy Waldman, Kenny Edwards, and Andrew Gold, including participating in the group Bryndle with them. Despite her perfect sense for pop hooks and pleasant voice, she hasn’t had much chart success on her own. Personally, her third Hot 100 single, entered the chart this week at #79; it went on to spend two weeks at #19 in August 1982. She managed one more lovely hit before vanishing from the charts a year later. Sadly not even a great contribution to the monster-hit Footloose soundtrack (Somebody’s Eyes) got her any closer to that elusive big hit. She was somewhat more successful on the Adult Contemporary charts, logging five top 40s (including three weeks at #3 with Personally.) Bonoff continues to write, sing, and perform today.

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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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