Billboard #1s for the Week Ending December 7, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Broken Wings Mr. Mister 1
R & B Caravan of Love Isley Jasper Isley 2
Country I Don’t Mind the Thorns (If You’re the Rose) Lee Greenwood 1
Adult Contemporary Say You, Say Me Lionel Richie 1
Rock Talk to Me Stevie Nicks 1
Album Miami Vice Soundtrack / Jan Hammer 6

JBLivingAmThis week sees a chart legend enter the Hot 100 with his last big pop hit. James Brown is rightfully known as the Godfather of Soul. No artist other than Aretha Franklin comes close to his accomplishments on the R&B chart. In over four decades he racked up 118 hits, 17 of which hit #1 for an aggregate 47 weeks. He had reasonable crossover success as well, with 94 Hot 100 hits, 44 of which went into the Top 40. Brown had been absent from the pop chart for the better part of a decade when he released what would become his second-biggest Hot 100 single.

Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight wrote Living In America for the soundtrack to Rocky IV. Brown recorded it, adding his trademark funk to the dance tune. The song entered the Hot 100 at #91 this week, starting a steady climb that ended at #4 in March 1986. Only his classic I Got You (I Feel Good) [#3, 1965] did better. Curiously, the song was less successful on the R&B chart, peaking at #10. The Godfather managed another dozen R&B hits before his death in 2006 but never cracked the Top 40 again.

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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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