Billboard #1s for the Week Ending November 16, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 We Built This City Starship 1
R & B Part-Time Lover Stevie Wonder 5
Country Hang On To Your Heart Exile 1
Adult Contemporary Separate Lives Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin 1
Rock Sleeping Bag ZZ Top 2
Album Miami Vice Soundtrack / Jan Hammer 3

StarpointObjectThis week sees a successful R&B group hit the Pop Top 40 with their biggest single. Licyndiana formed in Annapolis, MD in 1969 around a core of four Phillips brothers and bassist / percussionist Kayode Adeyemo. They added vocalist Renee Diggs and underwent a number of line-up changes before the most successful sextet — now known as Starpoint — signed with Chocolate City in 1978. The ushered in the 80s with their first hit, I Just Wanna Dance With You [#19 R&B, 1980]. They ran up a solid list of mid-chart R&B hits, eventually hooking up with producer Keith Diamond and moving to the big leagues in a deal with Elektra.

Their third album for the label, Restless, was their biggest moment. It included the R&B / Dance hit Object of My Desire, which eases from #43 to #37 in its eighth week on the Hot 100. One month later it spent a week at #25, their only Top 40 single. It went to #8 on the R&B chart, their biggest hit there (and one of three Top 10s). A true 80s group, they had their final hit in 1990 before breaking up.

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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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