Billboard #1s for the Week Ending March 30, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 One More Night Phil Collins 1
R & B Nightshift Commodores 3
Country Crazy Kenny Rogers 1
Adult Contemporary One More Night Phil Collins 1
Rock All She Wants to Do Is Dance Don Henley 2
Album No Jacket Required Phil Collins 1

AxelFaltermeyerThis week sees a pioneering 80s sound enter the Hot 100. Harold Faltermeyer was born in Munich in 1952. He showed an early aptitude for music, learning piano, organ and trumpet. While waiting to enter university, he found work at a recording studio; within a few years, he was engineering recordings at Deutsche Grammophon. Legendary disco producer Giorgio Moroder invited him to Los Angeles to play keyboards and work on some film scores. They began working together, and Faltermeyer contributed to many Moroder projects, including work with Donna Summer.

Faltermeyer began working on his own as well, scoring movies and producing recordings as well as providing session keyboards. By 1984, his work was well known and respected and he was brought in to a major studio project — Beverly Hills Cop. His musical vision helped craft the breakdance-infused score and brought together the diverse talents that helped revolutionize popular movie soundtracks. A short theme he wrote for an action sequence in the film became a song on the soundtrack. Titled Axel F after the movie’s main character, it’s an energetic synth figure, well suited to the action of the film and perfectly adaptable to the dancefloor. With its surging keyboard riff and smart drum machine Faltermeyer’s work became the template for action movie soundtracks for years to come. It was also a big hit, entering the Hot 100 this week in 1985 at #69 and peaking at #3 for three weeks in June.

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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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