Billboard #1s for the Week Ending February 9, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 I Want to Know What Love Is Foreigner 2
R & B Mr. Telephone Man New Edition 2
Country Ain’t She Somethin’ Else Conway Twitty 1
Adult Contemporary Careless Whisper Wham! featuring George Michael 1
Rock The Old Man Down the Road John Fogerty 3
Album Like A Virgin Madonna 1

The-Firm-RadioactiveThis week sees a short-lived supergroup debut on the Hot 100. Paul Rodgers was the lead vocalist of Free, which hit #4 with All Right Now in 1970. He went on to form Bad Company, which racked up six Top 40 hits (including Can’t Get Enough [#5 in 1974]) before his 1982 departure. Jimmy Page was one of a long line of superstar guitarists in the Yardbirds before helping found Led Zeppelin, which also managed six Top 40 singles, led by Whole Lotta Love [#4 in 1970]. The pair hooked up with drummer Chris Slade (from Manfred Mann’s Earth Band and Uriah Heep) and bassist Tony Franklin to form the Firm.

Their first single, Radioactive, bowed at #86 this week. It eased up the chart, eventually peaking at #28. It also made it to #1 on the Rock chart in mid-March. The Firm operated briefly, releasing two albums and a couple more singles before going their separate ways.

Curiously, Page was also on the Hot 100 with another all-star assembly, the Honeydrippers, this week. That group sat at #72 with Sea of Love (on its way down from a #3 peak) and #29 with Rockin’ At Midnight (on its way to #25).

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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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