Billboard #1s for the Week Ending January 12, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Like A Virgin Madonna 4
R & B Operator Midnight Star 4
Country The Best Year of My Life Eddie Rabbitt 1
Adult Contemporary All I Need Jack Wagner 1
Rock The Boys of Summer Don Henley 5
Album Purple Rain Prince and the Revolution 24

MidnightStarOperatorThis week sees  long-running funk band make their pop Top 40 bow. Midnight Star formed in Frankfort, KY in 1976 around trumpeter and producer Reggie Calloway. They signed with SOLAR records in 1978 and released a couple of albums. By 1980, the lineup had stabilized around nine members with multiple vocalists, and Calloway had honed his production skills, creating a distinctive electro-funk sound. The band charted a number of R&B singles, cracking the Top 5 with Freak-A-Zoid [#2 R&B, 1983]. Their fifth album, Planetary Invasion, broke them into the pop charts as well.

The first single, Operator, entered the R&B charts on November 10, 1984 and became the band’s lone #1 with an impressive five-week run starting December 22. The song became their fifth Hot 100 single on December 1; in this, its seventh week, it moved from #43 to #36, becoming their lone Top 40 hit, peaking at #18 for two weeks in February. The band had continued success on the R&B charts, even after Calloway left in 1988. They disbanded in 1990 but reunited — primarily as a live nostalgia circuit act — in 2000.

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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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