Billboard #1s for the Week Ending July 27, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Everytime You Go Away Paul Young 1
R & B Save Your Love (For #1) René & Angela 2
Country Love Don’t Care (Whose Heart It Breaks) Earl Thomas Conley 1
Adult Contemporary Who’s Holding Donna Now? DeBarge 2
Rock The Power of Love Huey Lewis and the News 2
Album Songs From the Big Chair Tears For Fears 3

PaulYoung-EverytimeThis week sees a British pop sensation help an American superstar log his last #1. Paul Young had managed three Hot 100 hits in the US without cracking the Top 20. He was much more successful at home, with a half-dozen Top 10 singles and a number of music awards to his credit. A master at finding great songs by talented writers, Young selected a relatively unknown track by a famous singer for his second album.

Everytime You Go Away was written by Daryl Hall for the Hall + Oates 80s breakthrough album Voices. Young recorded a distinctive version featuring an echoed piano and fretless bass. It entered the Hot 100 in May 1985 and eased up the charts, hitting the top spot in this, its 12th week. It remains one of only two Top 10 US hits for Young.

Daryl Hall had seen the top before, racking up an impressive six #1 hits with John Oates. This single was his only songwriting chart-topper not to feature his own vocals. He did have one other Top 20 cover success when Diana Ross took Hall’s Swept Away, written with his regular musical partner Sara Allen, to #19 in 1984.

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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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