Billboard #1s for the Week Ending April 13, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 We Are the World USA for Africa 1
R & B Back In Stride Maze featuring Frankie Beverly 1
Country Honor Bound Earl Thomas Conley 1
Adult Contemporary One More Night Phil Collins 3
Rock Forever Man Eric Clapton 2
Album No Jacket Required Phil Collins 3

MazeBackInStrideThis week sees a long-running soul group notch their biggest hit. Frankie Beverly was born in Philadelphia in 1946. He began performing at a young age, singing in a number of doo-wop groups. He formed the Butlers in 1963 and the group was signed by Kenny Gamble. The group’s laid-back funky style wasn’t a good fit for the Philly Soul sound, and Beverly relocated the band to Los Angeles. Marvin Gaye’s sister heard them and introduced them to her brother; he convinced them to rename the band Maze and offered them a slot opening for his tour. This led to a new contract with Capitol records and the start of a 20-year R&B chart career.

This week their 18th R&B single, Back In Stride — written and produced by Beverly as were most of their hits — became their first #1. The upbeat groove stayed on top for two weeks. Maze never had real pop crossover success; the single was at #95 on the Hot 100 this week, on its way down from a #88 peak. The band continued to rack up the R&B hits, however, and had one more #1 there, Can’t Get Over You in 1989.

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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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