Billboard #1s for the Week Ending May 7, 1983

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Beat It Michael Jackson 2
R & B Atomic Dog George Clinton


Country José Cuervo Shelly West


Adult Contemporary I Won’t Hold You Back Toto


Rock She’s A Beauty The Tubes 2
Album Thriller Michael Jackson


REOSpecial PainThis week sees two future country stars pair up on their only Hot 100 single. Massachusetts singer-songwriter Robert Ellis Orrall had recorded one solid album of 80s pop. Carlene Carter was the daughter of June Carter and had worked with her mother, father and stepsister Rosanne before launching her own country-rock career. She’d managed a couple of minor Country hits and recorded a handful of albums.

When Orrall recorded the five-track disc Special Pain, producer Roger Bechirian recommended Carter for the duet vocals on I Couldn’t Say No. The result was a wonderful pop gem with the vocals merging beautifully as the singers pay tribute to the inevitability of love. The song moved into the Top 40 this week (its 7th on the Hot 100) with a surge from #42 to #35. It only hung around for three weeks, peaking at #32.

Carter pursued a career in country, racking up a score of hits including a couple of #3 singles. She continues to record and perform, part of the alt-country establishment building on her diverse influences and career.

Orrall recorded one more album before moving to Nashville. He recorded as half of Orrall and Wright and managed a handful of Country hits alone and in the duo. He has had larger success as a writer, penning Country #1s for Shenandoah, Michael Peterson and Clay Walker.


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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