Billboard #1s for the Week Ending February 16, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Careless Whisper Wham! featuring George Michael 1
R & B Mr. Telephone Man New Edition 3
Country Make My Life With You Oak Ridge Boys 1
Adult Contemporary Careless Whisper Wham! featuring George Michael 2
Rock Somebody Bryan Adams 1
Album Like A Virgin Madonna 2

LaBelleNewAttThis week sees a chart veteran with a complicated history debut what would become her first Top 40 hit under her own name. Patti LaBelle was the leader of the Blue-Belles. That vocal quartet was credited with the hit I Sold My Heart to the Junkman [#15, 1962], which was actually performed by the Starlets. The Blue-Belles managed two actual Top 40 hits and a handful of minor R&B hits. They retooled as LaBelle in the early 70s and had a huge hit with Lady Marmalade [#1 pop, #1 R&B] in 1974. That trio never hit the Top 40 again, although they did rack up a few more R&B hits. LaBelle began recording under her own name in 1977, logging a handful of R&B Top 40s and eventually topping that chart again with If Only You Knew [#46, #1 R&B] in 1984.

She was one of the acts signed to perform on the star-studded, hit-filled soundtrack to Beverly Hills Cop. Last week her single New Attitude debuted on the R&B charts, destined for #3. This week it entered the Hot 100 at #95. It eased on up, peaking at #17 in May and setting up LaBelle for a successful run on both charts throughout the mid-80s.

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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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