Billboard #1s for the Week Ending January 7, 1984

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Say Say Say Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson 5
R & B Time Will Reveal DeBarge 5
Country You Look So Good In Love George Strait 1
Adult Contemporary Read ‘Em and Weep Barry Manilow 3
Rock If I’d Been the One .38 Special 3
Album Thriller Michael Jackson 23

Shannon_Let_the_Music_PlayThis week sees a near One Hit Wonder ease into the Top 40. Brenda Shannon Greer was born in Washington, DC in 1957. She worked as a singer and dancer, building up a solid reputation. In 1983 she released the album Let the Music Play. It’s title track was a dance chart sensation, spending six weeks at #1 in October and November 1983. It entered the Hot 100 during that time and this week moves from #42 to #38, becoming her first (and only) Top 40 hit. The song had real staying power, with 24 weeks on the Hot 100 and a peak at #8 in February 1984.

Shannon managed a couple of minor pop hits and a string of dance hits during the balance of the 80s She continues to sing, record, and perform today.


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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