Billboard #1s for the Week Ending December 11, 1982

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Mickey Toni Basil 1
R & B Sexual Healing Marvin Gaye

6

Country Redneck Girl The Bellamy Brothers

1

Adult Contemporary Truly Lionel Richie

4

Rock You Got Lucky Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 1
Album Business As Usual Men At Work

5

This week sees another performer with a lone smash peak on the Hot 100. The multi-talented Toni Basil started her career in dance. A pioneering performer and choreographer, she helped bring street dance to public attention and professional credibility. She choreographed live shows for David Bowie and Bette Midler among others. She worked closely with David Byrne in creating the pioneering video for Talking Heads’ Once In A Lifetime. She also worked in film, choreographing dozens of movies and acting, with small parts in a number of films including Easy Rider. Her singing career was a significant sideline throughout this time, with appearances on the Merv Griffin Show and sold-out shows at the Roxy in L.A.

For her first full-length album, Basil included an adaptation of a British hit, Kitty, written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn and recorded by Racey. She changed the name to “Mickey” and added the cheerleader chant that occurs throughout the song. (It was rumored that she picked the name Mickey from Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees; she choreographed and appeared in  the band’s movie Head. She has denied this claim, however.) With a stunning video drawing on the cheerleader motif, the song got heavy rotation on early MTV and became a radio smash. It debuted on the Hot 100 in September 1982 and eased up the charts, spending one week at #1. Basil released two more singles that hit the lower reaches of the Hot 100, avoiding true One Hit Wonder status. In recent years she has mostly focused on her film and choreography work.

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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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