Billboard #1s for the Week Ending October 26, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Saving All My Love For You Whitney Houston 1
R & B Part-Time Lover Stevie Wonder 2
Country Touch A Hand, Make A Friend The Oak Ridge Boys 1
Adult Contemporary Part-Time Lover Stevie Wonder 1
Rock You Belong to the City Glenn Frey 2
Album Brothers In Arms Dire Straits 9

ClemonsBrowneFriendThis week sees a member of a famous backing band debut his lone hit single. Clarence Clemons — known as The Big Man — was a founding member of the E Street Band, best known as the stellar backing unit for Bruce Springsteen. His tenor sax work was a critical part of the band’s sound, whether backing the Boss or in the session work for dozens of other artists that landed the group a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their own right.

Clemons released a handful of solo albums, including 1985’s Hero. That disc included the song You’re A Friend of Mine, co-written by producer Narada Michael Walden with Jeffrey E. Cohen. It features duet vocals and guitar from Jackson Browne. The track bows at #80 on the Hot 100 this week, and peaked at #18 in January 1986. Clemons never released another single, so the man who played sax on dozens of hits is also a true One Hit Wonder.

Fun Facts: The song was also Browne’s last Top 20 single; he managed one more Top 40 hit, 1986’s For America. Daryl Hanna, Browne’s girlfriend at the time, sings backing vocal on Clemons’ hit and appears in the video.

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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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