Billboard #1s for the Week Ending July 20, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 A View to A Kill Duran Duran 2
R & B Save Your Love (For #1) René & Angela 1
Country Dixie Road Lee Greenwood 1
Adult Contemporary Who’s Holding Donna Now? DeBarge 1
Rock The Power of Love Huey Lewis and the News 1
Album Songs From the Big Chair Tears For Fears 2

Godley_Creme_CryThis week sees a pair of musical pioneers enter the Hot 100 with their lone hit as a duo. Kevin Godley and Lol Creme met in the late 50s and occasionally worked in the same band. They merged their quirky wit and broad sonic palette with pop craftsmen Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart, forming 10cc. After a few very successful years (including the #2 hit I’m Not In Love), they left 10cc to work on the massive musical project Consequences. They racked up some critical success as Godley and Creme, recording a handful of well-received albums.

By 1985 they were best known as directors of some of the most innovative music videos including early Duran Duran, the Police’s Synchronicity singles, Herbie Hancock’s Rockit, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Two Tribes. When they released a career retrospective in mid-85, they included a new song, Cry. It featured another pioneering video, using morphing images. The song entered the charts at #90 this week, peaking at #16 in October.

The pair never landed another chart single, but they continue to work in various aspects of the music business today, often with each other or other members of 10cc.

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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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