Billboard #1s for the Week Ending September 14, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion) John Parr 2
R & B Cherish Kool and the Gang 1
Country Modern Day Romance Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 1
Adult Contemporary Cherish Kool and the Gang 4
Rock Lonely Ol’ Night John Cougar Mellencamp 2
Album Brothers In Arms Dire Straits 3

goon_squad-eight_arms_to_hold_youThis week sees a noted producer notch his biggest hit with a project of his own. Arthur Baker was a noted DJ in Boston who was bitten by the recording bug. After his first efforts were misappropriated by another producer, he moved to New York. His knowledge of what worked on the dancefloor helped him build a career as a producer. He worked with Afrika Bambaataa, crafting the pioneering hip-hop artist’s first single, Planet Rock. Baker capitalized on that hit, becoming one of the most in-demand remixers in the business. He worked with stars like Bruce Springsteen, Hall & Oates, Cyndi Lauper, and Diana Ross.

He also created his own sounds under a variety of names. That work landed him a gig writing a song for the movie The Goonies. Working with studio musicians — dubbed the Goon Squad for the project — he recorded Eight Arms to Hold You for a scene in the film involving an octopus. The scene was cut from the film, but the song fared much better, topping the dance chart this week.

Baker continued to work as an in-demand producer and re-mix master, notably with New Order and Pet Shop Boys. In the late 90s he moved to London where he is now a successful restaurateur.

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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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