Billboard #1s for the Week Ending November 30, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Separate Lives Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin 1
R & B Caravan of Love Isley Jasper Isley 1
Country Too Much On My Heart The Statler Brothers 1
Adult Contemporary Separate Lives Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin 3
Rock Tonight She Comes The Cars 2
Album Miami Vice Soundtrack / Jan Hammer 5

CollinsMartinSeparateThis week sees a successful session singer notch her biggest hit with the help of two movie music masters. Marilyn Martin was born in Nashville and raised in Kentucky. She sang with a number of bands, one of which toured with Joe Walsh and Stevie Nicks. This exposure landed her a series of backing vocalist gigs, and she became an in-demand singer. Impressed with her work for Nicks, producer Doug Morris signed Martin to her own deal, a two-album package that launched with a significant single.

Martin was paired with Phil Collins to sing the love theme to the Taylor Hackford film White Nights starring Mikhail Baryshnikov, Gregory Hines, Helen Mirren, and Isabella Rossellini. Collins had his first #1 with the theme from Hackford’s Against All Odds in 1984. The duet Separate Lives was written by Stephen Bishop, who had his own soundtrack success with It Might Be You from Tootsie [#25 Pop, #1 Adult Contemporary, 1983] and Unfaithfully Yours [#4 AC, 1984]. This week it becomes Collins’ fourth chart-topper while spending a third and final week atop the Adult Contemporary chart.

Martin managed one more hit with Night Moves [#28, 1986] before fading from the charts. She now works as a realtor in Nashville, occasionally recording Christian pop albums.

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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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