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

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 REO Speedwagon Can’t Fight This Feeling 1
R & B Missing You Diana Ross 3
Country My Only Love The Statler Brothers 1
Adult Contemporary Careless Whisper Wham! featuring George Michael 5
Rock Mick Jagger Just Another Night 2
Album Make It Big Wham! 2

RossMissingThis week sees a chart legend log her final Top 40 single and final R&B #1 with a tribute to a lifelong friend. When Marvin Gaye was shot to death by his father in April 1984, the world was shocked. Many of his musical friends and colleagues created tributes. The Commodores had a huge hit with Nightshift, which celebrated Gaye and Jackie Robinson. Former Commodores vocalist Lionel Richie also penned a tribute to the singer, which he offered to his one-time duet partner, Diana Ross.

Ross’ touching rendition of Missing You entered the Hot 100 on December 1, 1984 and climbed slowly. It was sitting at #46 when Nightshift debuted at #71, then began sliding down the charts. It reversed course, and last week it was at #48 while Nightshift entered the Hot 100 at #33. This week both tributes sit in the Top 40, with Ross jumping up to #34 in her 15th week on the chart. (That’s a remarkably slow climb; for some context, only six songs in the Top 40 had been on the chart longer, and they were all on their way down). Five weeks later, the song peaked at #10 as Nightshift moved to #4. Overall, Ross spent nine weeks in the Top 40 and an impressive 27 on the Hot 100 with the song, her last visit to the Top 40.

This week also sees her notch a third week at #1 on the R&B chart with Missing You, her last of five chart-toppers. Curiously the song that toppled her from #1 was Nighshift, which peaked on the Hot 100 at #3 the same week.

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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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