Billboard #1s for the Week Ending February 15, 1986

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 How Will I Know? Whitney Houston 1
R & B Do Me Baby Meli’sa Morgan 1
Country Makin’ Up For Lost Time
(The Dallas Lovers’ Song)
Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris 1
Adult Contemporary How Will I Know? Whitney Houston 1
Rock Stages ZZ Top 2
Album Promise Sade 1

Level42This week sees a successful British band debut their biggest US hit. Singer / bassist Mark King formed Level 42 on the Isle of Wight with brothers Phil and Boon Gould in 1982. Originally a jazz-funk unit, their sound evolved over numerous personnel changes, taking on a smooth jazz-pop sound. By the time of their sixth album, 1985’s World Machine, they were a tight unit with a number of UK Top 40 hits.

This week their Something About You entered the Hot 100 at #85. It eased up the charts, finally peaking at #7 at the end of May in an impressive 27-week chart run. They continued to chart in the UK, and managed one more US hit in 1987. Continual membership changes took their toll, and the band split in 1994. They re-formed in 2001, with King the only constant.

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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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