Billboard #1s for the Week Ending June 25, 1983

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Flashdance…What A Feeling Irene Cara 5
R & B Juicy Fruit Mtume

4

Country Fool For Your Love Mickey Gilley

1

Adult Contemporary Never Gonna Let You Go Sergio Mendes

2

Rock Every Breath You Take The Police 3
Album Flashdance Soundtrack

1

charlie-its-inevitable-mirageThis week sees a minor hit that stands as an interesting American Top 40 footnote debut on the Hot 100. Singer Terry Thomas launched the British band Charlie (originally Charlie Cuckoo after a racehorse) in 1971. They released a number of albums to moderate success. Never hitting the singles chart at home, the had three minor hits in the U.S. between 1977 and 1979. In 1982, Thomas began to focus on his instrumental contributions and hired lead singer Terry Slesser. They recorded the album Charlie in 1983. It featured their biggest single.

It’s Inevitable is pleasantly harmless 80s bombast pop that debuted at #76 this week. The accompanying video — featuring the band in a pie fight — got reasonable rotation on MTV and helped the song become Charlie’s only Top 40 hit. It moved to #40 on August 6th and peaked at #38 the following week before dropping rapidly off the charts. The album stiffed and the band broke up. Thomas has done solo and session work along with two brief attempts to recreate Charlie.

The most lasting legacy of It’s Inevitable is from the weekly American Top 40 broadcasts. At that time the show used the Billboard charts. For some unknown reason, the information AT40 received for August 13 was incorrect. Guest host Keri Tombazian played Diana Ross’ Pieces of Ice at #38 — it had in fact dropped to #45 that week. On August 20, Casey announced the mistake. It remains the only time that the show and the source chart diverged.

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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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