Billboard #1s for the Week Ending September 10, 1983

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Maniac Michael Sembello 1
R & B Cold Blooded Rick James 2
Country I’m Only In It For the Love John Conlee


Adult Contemporary How Am I Supposed to Live Without You? Laura Branigan


Rock King of Pain The Police 3
Album Thriller Michael Jackson


JoBoxersThis week sees a One Hit Wonder enter the Hot 100. JoBoxers were a British band that added Ohio-born punkabilly singer Dig Wayne to create a distinctive sound that was fairly successful in the U.K.  Boxerbeat, their first single, went to #3 in Britain; their second single, Just Got Lucky, was another Top 10 there. The infectious pop tune debuts on the Hot 100 at #93 this week. Two months later it cracked the Top 40, where it managed two weeks at #36. JoBoxers managed a handful of additional hits at home but never came near the U.S. charts again.

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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