Billboard #1s for the Week Ending May 11, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Crazy For You Madonna 1
R & B We Are the World USA for Africa 2
Country Somebody Should Leave Reba McEntire 1
Adult Contemporary Smooth Operator Sade 1
Rock Trapped Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 1
Album We Are the World USA for Africa 3

MenudoHoldMeThis week sees a long-running Puerto Rican boy band log their only Hot 100 hit. Edgardo Diaz had some success in Spain, producing the teen band La Pandilla. When he returned home to Puerto Rico in 1977, he created the group Menudo, featuring five to seven teen boys. Wanting to keep the energy fresh and young, he “retired” members as they got too tall, began showing facial hair, or passed the age of 16. The group recorded primarily in Spanish, racking up big chart success in Latin American and parts of Asia.

The mid-80s are considered the group’s golden era, featuring some of their biggest songs, a couple of English-language albums, and vocals by later international superstar Ricky Martin. This week the song Hold Me breaks into the Hot 100 at #85; it peaked at #62 in June during an 11-week run.

Menudo lasted until 1997 releasing dozens of albums and singles and featuring over 30 members. A New Menudo debuted on reality TV in 2007 and quietly vanished in 2009.

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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.

2 Responses to Billboard #1s for the Week Ending May 11, 1985

  1. Thank you for writing about Menudo. At the time, the manager did cite early departures of group members due to puberty, however, as we fans came to learn later on, those were all fabrications. Can you imagine the Bop headlines if the truth was told to teenage girls?! Realistically, the headlines would have been all over major newspapers and on national news programs. But we didn’t know then what we know now.

    • Thanks for your comment, Lisa. Everything I’ve seen indicates a pretty complicated set of reasons for departures, which is not surprising given the number of members in the band. It seems clear that some were retired due to age, but many left over creative differences, desire for independent careers, and other, more mysterious reasons. If you have a good resource that provides an overview, I’d be happy to link to it.

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