Billboard #1s for the Week Ending October 19, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Take On Me a-ha 1
R & B Part-Time Lover Stevie Wonder 1
Country You Make Me Want to Make You Mine Juice Newton 1
Adult Contemporary Saving All My Love For You Whitney Houston 3
Rock You Belong to the City Glenn Frey 1
Album Brothers In Arms Dire Straits 8

MSMCongaThis week sees an 80s dance-pop powerhouse debut her first Hot 100 hit. Gloria Farjado Garcia joined Emilio Estefan, Jr.’s Miami Latin Boys in the late 70s. The band quickly grew, developing a local reputation for their fun sound, dance rhythms, and powerful horn section. Gloria and Emilio married in 1978 as the group — now called Miami Sound Machine — began releasing a series of well-received Spanish-language albums. In 1984 they moved to Epic records and released their first English disc, with Gloria taking center stage as the lone lead singer.

Their breakthrough came one album later with Primitive Love. The debut single, Conga, sneaks onto the Hot 100 at #95 this week. It took a while to catch hold, but became a smash, spending six months on the chart and peaking at #10 in February 1986. It was also their second Dance hit, peaking at #7.

The hits kept coming and the band kept changing. The fluid line-up, centered on the Estefans by this point, gave Gloria lead credit with the band for one album before the couple jettisoned the group identity altogether. All told, the singer ranks in the top 100 Billboard Pop artists, with nearly 20 Top 40 singles, including three #1s. Her solid vocals and smart sound ensured crossover success as well. She’s a top 10 all time Dance chart artist with two dozen hits, five of them chart-toppers. Her ballads won her Adult Contemporary airplay, and on that chart she’s top 30, with over 30 hits and seven #1s.

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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