Billboard #1s for the Week Ending November 17, 1984

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Wham! 1
R & B I Feel For You Chaka Khan 3
Country Give Me One More Chance Exile 1
Adult Contemporary Penny Lover Lionel Richie 1
Rock Run to You Bryan Adams 1
Album Purple Rain Prince and the Revolution 16

GenlPubTendThis week sees an offshoot from a successful British band crack the Hot 100. The Beat were a 2 Tone Ska band formed in Birmingham in 1978. They racked up a number of successful singles and albums in the UK but never broke into the Hot 100 in the US (where they were billed as English Beat). The band broke up in 1983, with two new acts rising from the ashes. The first to achieve chart success was General Public, fronted by Beat vocalists Dave Wakeling (also on guitars) and Ranking Roger (also on keyboards). They kept some of the ska sound from their Beat days and blended them with elements of post New Wave pop.

Their first U.S. single, Tenderness, entered the Hot 100 this week at #89. It eased up the charts, eventually peaking at #27 in February 1985. Ironically, unlike the Beat, General Public were largely ignored in the U.K. After a few years, General Public broke up as well. Wakeling now tours with a reconstituted English Beat and often includes General Public tracks in the sets.

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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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