Billboard #1s for the Week Ending June 18, 1983

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Flashdance…What A Feeling Irene Cara 4
R & B Juicy Fruit Mtume


Country You Can’t Run From Love Eddie Rabbitt


Adult Contemporary Never Gonna Let You Go Sergio Mendes


Rock Every Breath You Take The Police 2
Album Thriller Michael Jackson


TuckerMidBlueThis week sees an unusual One Hit Wonder debut on the Hot 100. Louise Tucker is a mezzo-soprano opera singer. She met producer Tim Smit by chance, and the two decided to work together on a project. Smit and his friend Charlie Skarbek adapted Beethoven’s Sonata Pathétique  and wrote pop lyrics for it, creating Midnight Blue. Skarbek and Tucker sing over a heavy synth and drum machine backdrop. The mixture of electronics, Skarbek’s pleasant pop voice, and Tucker’s classical power created an international hit that ironically stiffed in the U.K.

The song was treated as a novelty in the U.S. It entered the chart at #78 this week and eased up to #46 in a 13-week run. The trio released an album of similar tracks that did reasonably well. The follow-up was less successful and Tucker returned to her opera career.


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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