Billboard #1s for the Week Ending October 12, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Oh Sheila Ready For the World 1
R & B You Are My Lady Freddie Jackson 2
Country Meet Me In Montana Marie Osmond and Dan Seals 1
Adult Contemporary Saving All My Love For You Whitney Houston 2
Rock We Built This City Starship 1
Album Brothers In Arms Dire Straits 7

TaMaraEDThis week sees a true One Hit Wonder emerge from the burgeoning Minneapolis scene. In the wake of Prince’s breakthrough with Purple Rain, many acts from the city got their shot at chart success including the Time, Morris Day, Vanity, Apollonia 6, and Sheila E.

Margie Cox was born in Morocco, moving to the Twin Cities as a child. She developed a regional reputation as a singer and was signed by A&M as part of the Minneapolis boom. Produced by the Time’s Jesse Johnson, (who nicknamed Cox “Ta Mara” and co-wrote several songs with her), the debut disc by Ta Mara and the Seen included their one hit, Everybody Dance. It enters the Hot 100 at #87 this week. It enjoyed a long, gradual chart run, peaking at #24 in January 1986.

Their smart dance sound got them crossover airplay, with the song hitting #9 on the Dance chart. Their biggest success was R&B, where they spent a week at #3. They managed three more minor R&B releases before breaking up but never hit the Hot 100 again, becoming a rare full-fledged One Hit Wonder.

Fun Facts

  • The band’s guitarist, Oliver Leiber, is the son of legendary songwriter Jerry Leiber.
  • Cox and Johnson continued to write together, landing the song I Need You on Paula Abdul’s multi-platinum Forever Your Girl.

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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