Billboard #1s for the Week Ending July 23, 1983

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Every Breath You Take The Police 3
R & B Juicy Fruit Mtume


Country Pancho and Lefty Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard


Adult Contemporary All This Love DeBarge


Rock Every Breath You Take The Police 7
Album Synchronicity The Police


Taco_Puttin_on_the_RitzThis week sees a Dutch One Hit Wonder hit the Top 40. Taco Ockerse was born to Dutch parents in Indonesia in 1955. He travelled all over the world before settling in Germany in 1975. He began a musical career there going by just his first name. He signed with Polydor in 1981 and released the single Puttin’ On the Ritz. It was a huge success in Europe and was picked up by RCA for the U.S. Nearly two years after it was recorded, it entered the Hot 100. This week, one month later, it eased from #42 to #33. It continued up the charts, peaking at #4 for two weeks in September.

The song was written by Irving Berlin for the musical film of the same name, performed by Harry Richman. It appeared in subsequent films sung by Clark Gable and then Fred Astaire; Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle performed it as a delightful comic duet in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein. Taco’s version maintains the lyrics and the rhythmic complexity but uses a synthesized background that adds a somewhat spooky air to the song.

Taco never came near the Hot 100 again, although he has charted a number of songs and albums around the world.

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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