Billboard #1s for the Week Ending November 23, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 We Built This City Starship 2
R & B Part-Time Lover Stevie Wonder 6
Country I’ll Never Stop Loving You Gary Morris 1
Adult Contemporary Separate Lives Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin 2
Rock Tonight She Comes The Cars 1
Album Miami Vice Soundtrack / Jan Hammer 4

MikeMechSilentRunThis week sees another member of Genesis launch a successful side career. By this point the trio’s vocalist and drummer, Phil Collins, was a bona fide chart champ with a quartet of #1s to his credit; former Genesis vocalist Peter Gabriel notched a couple of minor hits and was about to be a chart-topper in his own right. Bassist and guitarist Mike Rutherford put together a stellar band of session stalwarts including vocalist Paul Young (of Sad Café, not the solo star), drummer/producer Peter van Hooke, and keyboardist Adrian Lee. Also on keyboards and vocals was stealth star Paul Carrack, who managed hits in more line-ups than almost anyone.

With a polished sound and a great array of talent, the group put out their first single, Silent Running, which sneaked onto the chart at #95 this week. With a passionate Carrack vocal and nice guitar work from Rutherford, the song eased up the chart, eventually peaking at #6 in an impressive 24-week run. Despite Rutherford’s continued work with Genesis and Carrack’s many obligations (and solo career), the group has continued to record somewhat regularly. They managed their own chart-topper in 1989 with The Living Years.

That feat makes Genesis an odd sort of chart monster, with #1s by the band itself (Invisible Touch, 1986), a former member (Gabriel, with Sledgehammer, which managed to dethrone Invisible Touch), and two current members (Collins and Rutherford).

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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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