Billboard #1s for the Week Ending February 12, 1983

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Down Under Men At Work 4
R & B Billie Jean Michael Jackson

1

Country ‘Til I Gain Control Again Crystal Gayle

1

Adult Contemporary Shame On the Moon Bob Seger

1

Rock Twilight Zone Golden Earring 1
Album Business As Usual Men At Work

14

RabbittGayleThis week sees a massive Country crossover hit peak on the Hot 100. Eddie Rabbitt was a hot star on both charts, having logged seven pop Top 40s (including the #1 smash I Love A Rainy Night) and nine Country #1s in the previous few years. Crystal Gayle was much bigger on the Country charts — where she’d a dozen Top 40s and nine #1s in a similar period — but had some success on the Hot 100 as well. When they got together with You and I, it was duet magic all around.

The song entered the Hot 100 and the Country chart on October 9, 1982. It surged up latter chart, becoming both artists’ 10th #1 on December 4. It had a slower ascent on the Hot 100, finally hitting #7 in its 19th week, spending more time rising than most hits spent on the chart in total. It held on for four weeks , finally easing down the charts. With 29 weeks on the Hot 100 — 21 of them in the Top 40 — it was a monster hit despite its lack of a Top 5 peak and wound up as the #12 song of 1983.

It was the last big hit on the Hot 100 for both stars; neither made the Top 40 again. Rabbitt logged another score of Country hits — six of them #1s — before dying of cancer in 1998 at the age of 56. Gayle, whose 11th Country #1 peaked this week, also logged 20 Top 40s and another seven #1s before fading from the Country charts. She’s still performing and is a major draw on the live circuit.

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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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