Billboard #1s for the Week Ending November 2, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Part-Time Lover Stevie Wonder 1
R & B Part-Time Lover Stevie Wonder 3
Country Some Fools Never Learn Steve Wariner 1
Adult Contemporary Part-Time Lover Stevie Wonder 2
Rock You Belong to the City Glenn Frey 3
Album Miami Vice Soundtrack / Jan Hammer 1

Arcadia-Election-DayThis week sees a band on hiatus continue their fractured chart presence. After three very busy years on the US and UK charts, Duran Duran decided to take a short break. Two of the three Taylors — Andy and John — hooked up with Tommy Thompson and Robert Palmer and had their own Top 10 success as the Power Station. That group was so successful that they opted to extend their leave of absence, so the remaining three members — Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes, and Roger Taylor — created their own identity.

Arcadia capitalized on the group’s success, smashing into the Hot 100 at #46 with their debut single, Election Day. This week it moves up to #35, becoming the third Top 40 Duran entity. It peaked at #6 in mid-December, matching the Power Station’s Some Like It Hot and ranking at #10 in the overall Duran Duran chart catalog.

The two Taylors opted to go solo when Power Station unplugged. Each managed a decent sized hit of their own, both from movie soundtracks. Andy’s Take It Easy from American Anthem went to #24 in August 1986; John edged him out in April of that year, peaking at #23 with I Do What I Do from 9 1/2 Weeks.

The remaining trio reunited as Duranduran, then added two new members and put the space back in their name. That lineup had some real success, including the #3 Ordinary World in 1993. LeBon and Rhodes have kept the banner flying; together with Taylors Roger and John they continue to record and perform today after a number of lineup changes.

BONUS CHART FACT: This week music legend Stevie Wonder joins rare company. His Part-Time Lover is number one on three charts at once, a feat only a dozen songs have achieved in 60 years.

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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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