Billboard #1s for the Week Ending February 8, 1986

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 That’s What Friends Are For Dionne & Friends 4
R & B That’s What Friends Are For Dionne & Friends 3
Country Hurt Juice Newton 1
Adult Contemporary The Sweetest Taboo Sade 1
Rock Stages ZZ Top 1
Album The Broadway Album Barbra Streisand 3

PalmerAddictedThis week sees an eclectic singer launch the most successful phase of his career. Robert Palmer was born in England in 1949 and fell in love with American R&B as a child. He joined his first band at 15, spending a decade in a variety of groups ranging in style from jazz fusion to R&B to smooth pop. He recorded his first solo album in New Orleans, drawing inspiration from the city’s sounds. With his next couple of albums, he landed two Top 20 hits — the smooth pop Every Kinda People [#15, 1978] and the rocker Bad Case of Lovin’ You [#14, 1979] — then faded from the charts for a while. He blasted back onto the airwaves as the singer for the Power Station in 1985.

Returning to solo work, he picked up the dance grooves of his last pre-Power Station disc. This week the lead single from his smash Riptide debuted on the Hot 100. Addicted to Love received a boost from a stylish video and an urban dance sound that fit into current airplay nicely. It eased up the chart, becoming Palmer’s sole #1 hit three months later. Sticking with a blend of dance and rock, he notched two #2 hits in the next three years, then faded from the charts again. He died of cardiac arrest in 2003 at the age of 54.

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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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