Billboard #1s for the Week Ending July 24, 1982

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart

Song

Act

Weeks

Hot 100 Eye of the Tiger Survivor 1
R & B And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going Jennifer Holliday

1

Country Take Me Down Alabama

1

Adult Contemporary Even the Nights Are Better Air Supply

1

Rock Eye of the Tiger Survivor

4

Album Asia Asia

8

This week sees another near one hit wonder peak with their biggest hit. British keyboard player Julian Marshall (who had hit the U.K. charts as half of Marshall Hain) was in San Diego attending a dance recital. One of the dancers, Deborah Berg, was injured and sang that night instead of dancing. Marshall was impressed with her voice and asked her to come to England so they could record together.

They began recording as Eye to Eye, and their first single, the charmingly quirky Am I Normal? wasn’t a hit but got the attention of Warner Bros. The duo were signed and began work on their first album. Gary Katz, famous for his work with Steely Dan, produced the disc; his skills added a sophistication to the music. It’s a solid album, with eight tracks of intelligent pop. Nice Girls was their first single from the album, a wonderful song about romantic double-standards, freedom, and judgment. It sneaked into the Top 40 for three weeks (39-37-37) peaking this week in 1982.

Sadly, the label never really got behind Eye to Eye. Neither this album nor its delightfully titled follow-up, Shakespeare Stole My Baby, sold well and the pair drifted apart. (They charted one single from the second album, Lucky, which made it to #88 in 1983.) Marshall has done a fair amount of session work while Berg continued to sing and dance. They got back together in 2005 for the album Clean Slate, which has some good moments but lacks the sophisticated charm of its predecessors.

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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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