Billboard #1s for the Week Ending February 8, 1986
February 6, 2016 Leave a comment
This week’s Time Capsule!
|Hot 100||That’s What Friends Are For||Dionne & Friends||4|
|R & B||That’s What Friends Are For||Dionne & Friends||3|
|Adult Contemporary||The Sweetest Taboo||Sade||1|
|Album||The Broadway Album||Barbra Streisand||3|
This 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.