Billboard #1s for the Week Ending February 25, 1984

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Jump Van Halen 1
R & B Encore Cheryl Lynn 1
Country Stay Young Don Williams 1
Adult Contemporary Think of Laura Christopher Cross 4
Rock Jump Van Halen 6
Album Thriller Michael Jackson 30

UllmanTDKThis week sees a celebrated comedian debut with her lone Top 40 hit. Tracey Ullman began her career as a dancer at the age of 16 and soon branched out into comedy. She became famous for her wide variety of characters and developed a solid following in the UK. She also enjoyed singing, and parlayed her comedy success into a recording contract. Her first album came out in 1983 and was very successful at home. In the US, where Ullman was still relatively unknown, she managed one big single. They Don’t Know was written and originally recorded by the talented Kirsty MacColl. The brilliant pop number was enormously catchy (and featured lovely backing vocals by MacColl). It entered the Hot 100 at #63 this week and charted for four months, peaking at #8 in late April. Ullman continued to chart in the UK, but only had one more minor hit in the US. She continues to perform her unique brand of observational and character-based comedy today with great success.

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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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