Billboard #1s for the Week Ending November 5, 1983

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Islands In the Stream Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers 2
R & B All Night Long (All Night) Lionel Richie 3
Country Islands In the Stream Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers


Adult Contemporary Islands In the Stream Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers


Rock Heart and Soul Huey Lewis and the News 1
Album Synchronicity The Police


HLewisH&SThis week sees a good-time rock’n’roll band begin their Top 10 dominance. Hugh Cregg III was born in 1950 in New York and raised in Danville, CA. He joined the group Clover as their lead vocalist in the late 70s, just after they served as the band for Elvis Costello’s debut album, My Aim Is True. Re-named Huey Lewis and the News, their first album went nowhere. The second was a moderate success, peaking at #13 and launching a couple of hits — including their first Top 10, Do You Believe In Love [#7, 1982]. Their third album, Sports, spent a week at #1 in the midst of Thriller mania and made them superstars.

Its first single was Heart and Soul, which entered the Hot 100 at #83 on September 10. This week it eased from #19 to #18; it eventually spent two weeks at #8. It also became their first #1 hit, topping the Rock charts this week. The next three singles from Sports all peaked at #6 (I Want A New Drug, The Heart of Rock and Roll, and If This Is It) followed by the #18 Walking On A Thin Line. The News finally hit the top of the Hot 100 with The Power of Love from the Back to the Future soundtrack in 1985, their first of three pop chart-toppers and second of three on the Rock chart. The band rode high throughout the 80s, racking up 17 Hot 100 hits (15 Top 40, 12 Top 10). They continue to record and perform, pleasing fans across the country.


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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