Billboard #1s for the Week Ending October 16, 1982

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Song Act Weeks
Hot 100 Jack and Diane John Cougar 3
R & B Love Come Down Evelyn King 3
Country I Will Always Love You Dolly Parton 1
Adult Contemporary Break It To Me Gently Juice Newton 2
Rock Dirty Laundry Don Henley 1
Album American Fool John Cougar 6

This week sees a soap opera resurrect another single bound for the top. Patti Austin recorded the Rod Temperton penned song Baby Come to Me on her album Every Home Should Have One. At the suggestion of producer Quincy Jones, it was done as a duet with newcomer James Ingram who had worked on Jones’ album The Dude. The song was released in April 1982 and lasted four weeks on the Hot 100, peaking at #73.

Later that year, however, the producers of General Hospital began to use the song as a love theme for principal character Luke Spencer. Viewers began calling and writing, wondering where they could get the song. Qwest re-released the single, and it bows at #91 this week. This time around it was much more successful, staying on the chart for 28 weeks, including two at #1 in February 1983.

Austin had some continued success on other Billboard charts but never hit the Top 40 again. Ingram had better luck. He scored another big duet, the #2 Somewhere Out There with Linda Ronstadt and returned to the top of the chart for one week in 1990 with a solo song, I Don’t Have the Heart.

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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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