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

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Kyrie Mr. Mister 2
R & B How Will I Know? Whitney Houston 1
Country Think About Love Dolly Parton 1
Adult Contemporary Sara Starship 3
Rock All the Kings Horses The Firm 3
Album Whitney Houston Whitney Houston 1

NuShoozThis week sees some local heroes enter the national charts. The husband-and-wife team of John Smith and Valerie Day formed the dance band Nu Shooz in Portland, OR in 1979. The group — ranging from six to 12 members — recorded two regional albums and built a strong following. In 1985 they released the song I Can’t Wait, a large local hit. It was remixed in the Netherlands by Peter Slaghuis; when that version made it back to the States, Atlantic Records was impressed and signed the band.

Their national debut, Poolside, included a new version of I Can’t Wait. This week it entered the Hot 100 at #92. It eased up the charts, managing two weeks at #1 on the Dance chart as it ascended. In June, Smith and Day equalled the pop performance of Quarterflash — another husband-and-wife led Portland band — when they peaked at #3. They managed a couple more minor hits (and one more Dance #1) before fading from the charts. They continue to record and recently began touring 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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