Billboard #1s for the Week Ending June 1, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Everything She Wants Wham! 2
R & B Rock Me Tonight (For Old Time’s Sake) Freddie Jackson 1
Country Don’t Call Him A Cowboy Conway Twitty 1
Adult Contemporary Suddenly Billy Ocean 2
Rock Little By Little Robert Plant 1
Album Around the World In A Day Prince & the Revolution 1

FJacksonRockThis week sees an experienced singer notch a massive #1 with his first single. Freddie Jackson was born in Harlem in 1956. He sang gospel as a child, then began an R&B partnership with Paul Laurence. After school he began a career in New York nightclubs. He had a brief stint in California with Mystic Merlin, then moved back to New York. He continued his nightclub career while singing backup for Melba Moore, Evelyn “Champagne” King, and Angela Bofill.

He decided to launch a recording career of his own. With Laurence producing and pitching in some songwriting, he put together Rock Me Tonight. The title track entered the R&B chart on April 6, 1985. This week it logs its first in an impressive six-week run at the top of that chart. It also moves from #85 to #77 in its second week on the Hot 100, where it eventually peaked at #18.

While he never quite matched the success of his debut, Jackson was a mainstay of the R&B charts into the early 90s. He had two dozen hits, most of which went Top 10. Ten of them went to #1 for a total of 19 weeks, putting him in the top 20 R&B artists of the 80s. Jackson continues to record and perform today.

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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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