Billboard #1s for the Week Ending August 10, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Shout Tears For Fears 2
R & B Freeway of Love Aretha Franklin 2
Country I’m For Love Hank Williams, Jr. 1
Adult Contemporary Everytime You Go Away Paul Young 1
Rock Money For Nothing Dire Straits 2
Album Reckless Bryan Adams 1

air-supply-the-power-of-love-you-are-my-lady-1985This week sees a much-covered international hit begin its first U.S. chart run. New York born pop-dance singer Jennifer Rush co-wrote The Power of Love with Mary Susan Applegate, Candy DeRouge and Gunther Munde for her eponymous 1984 debut album. It was released as a single in the U.K. where it spent five weeks at #1 in late 1985, becoming that country’s biggest hit of the year. Rush’s single topped the charts in eight other countries and went top ten in several more.

Air Supply recorded a cover version — subtitled (You Are My Lady) to avoid confusion with the Huey Lewis hit from Back to the Future for their eighth album. This week it entered the Hot 100 at #84, the Austrailan duo’s 12th U.S. hit in five years. It eased up to #68, becoming their first single to miss the Top 40.

The international success of Rush’s version finally led to a U.S. release in February 1986, but it failed to match the performance in other countries, barely beating Air Supply with a #57 peak.

The song has been covered dozens of times, becoming a pop standard. It’s also one of the rare songs to hit the Hot 100 in more than just one or two versions. Early 80s mainstay Laura Branigan recorded the song in 1987 and had the first Top 40 version with a January 1988 peak at #26. It was her last Top 40 single.

Canadian super-diva Celine Dion recorded The Power of Love for her third English-language album in 1993. Released in November of that year, it became her eighth U.S. Top 40 hit. On February 12, 1994 it became her first #1, with a four-week run at the top of the Hot 100. It remains the biggest U.S. version of the song.

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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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