Billboard #1s for the Week Ending January 26, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Like A Virgin Madonna 6
R & B Gotta Get You Home Tonight Eugene Wilde 1
Country (There’s A) Fire In the Night Alabama 1
Adult Contemporary You’re the Inspiration Chicago 1
Rock The Old Man Down the Road John Fogerty 1
Album Born In the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen 6

Commodores-Nightshift-FrontThis week sees a very successful band enter the Hot 100 with their biggest single after the departure of their lead vocalist. Between 1974 and 1982 the Commodores had 20 R&B Top 40 singles, six of them going to #1. They took 16 of those hits onto the pop Top 40 with two #1s there. Lead vocalist Lionel Richie departed in late 1982, beginning a very successful solo career on both charts. The band regrouped and logged a couple of Top 20 R&B singles.

Their second album without Richie was Nightshift. Its title track was sung by drummer Walter Orange (also featured on Brick House [#5, #4 R&B in 1977]) and new lead vocalist J.D. Nicholas. The song was written as a tribute to Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson. With a sweet soul sound, it entered the R&B charts last week and came in at #71 on the Hot 100 this week. It soared to #1 on the R&B charts, lasting for four weeks and becoming the band’s biggest hit there with or without Richie. A month later it logged one week at #3 on the Hot 100; it also went to #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart, the band’s second biggest hit on that chart.

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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