Billboard #1s for the Week Ending December 14, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Broken Wings Mr. Mister 2
R & B Caravan of Love Isley Jasper Isley 3
Country Nobody Falls Like A Fool Earl Thomas Conley 1
Adult Contemporary Say You, Say Me Lionel Richie 2
Rock Talk to Me Stevie Nicks 2
Album Miami Vice Soundtrack / Jan Hammer 7

SextonBeatThis week sees the Next Big Thing turn out to be a One Hit Wonder. Charlie Sexton was born in San Antonio in 1968. He demonstrated an early aptitude for guitar and worked in a couple of bands before he was 15. A dynamic guitarist with a pleasant, rootsy voice and video-friendly good looks, he landed a record deal with MCA at 16. The label paired him up with hot producer Keith Forsey and the pair cranked out a solid debut, Pictures for Pleasure.

The disc’s lead single, Beat’s So Lonely (written by Sexton and Forsey), entered the Hot 100 at #93 this week, four months after Sexton’s 17th birthday. It ambled up to #17 in late March in a solid 20-week run. Despite heavy promotion and a plum gig opening for portions of David Bowie’s Glass Spider tour, however, Sexton never managed another hit. He continues to play and record, frequently working as part of Bob Dylan’s touring band.

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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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