Billboard #1s for the Week Ending April 6, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 One More Night Phil Collins 2
R & B Nightshift Commodores 4
Country Country Girls John Schneider 1
Adult Contemporary One More Night Phil Collins 2
Rock Forever Man Eric Clapton 1
Album No Jacket Required Phil Collins 2

BoyMeetsOhGirlThis week sees a successful husband-and-wife musical team notch their first hit. George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam met in 1975 when both of them were performing at a wedding. They began working together and eventually married. A decade later, they began a brief but spectacular run of hits. They worked as songwriters, known for crafting very complete studio demos. They decided to make an album of their own, adopting the name Boy Meets Girl.

This week their first hit, Oh Girl, entered the Hot 100 at #79. Two months later it sneaked into the Top 40, peaking for one week at #39. The slick 80s dance pop of the song hinted at their songwriting power, and they soon had much greater success. Whitney Houston included their How Will I Know on her blockbuster debut. The third single from the disc, it spent two weeks at #1 in early 1986 as well as one week atop both the R&B and Adult Contemporary charts. Recognizing a hitmaking formula, Whitney issued the pair’s I Wanna Dance WIth Somebody (Who Loves Me) as the lead single from her second album. It also topped the Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary charts in mid-1987.

Merrill and Rubicam decided to try their luck again, and in 1988 Boy Meets Girl released the single Waiting For A Star to Fall. With the increased success of dance singles and the Whitney exposure, they made it to #5 and topped the Adult Contemporary chart. The same year superstar duo Dolly Parton and Smokey Robinson took their I Know You By Heart into the Adult Contemporary Top 40.

One minor hit later, the magic was gone, and the pair haven’t charted a hit since by any performer. They divorced in 2000 but continue to collaborate professionally.

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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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