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

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Sara Starship 1
R & B Your Smile René & Angela 1
Country I Could Get Used to You Exile 1
Adult Contemporary These Dreams Heart 1
Rock All the Kings Horses The Firm 4
Album Whitney Houston Whitney Houston 2

WaxUKRBtEThis week sees a Transatlantic duo with deep roots enter the Hot 100. Graham Gouldman started his musical career in England in 1963. He was a member of the Mockingbirds, for whom he wrote For Your Love, later a Top 10 hit for the Yardbirds. He joind the Mindbenders in their later years, and wrote a string of hit songs for bands like the Hollies and Herman’s Hermits. While working as a house writer for bubblegum producers Super K, he reconnected with Mockingbird Kevin Godley and Mindbender Eric Stewart. The trio added old friend Lol Creme and formed 10cc, going on to international success (and two US Top 5 hits).

Andrew Gold grew up in Burbank, the son of stealth movie musical singer Marni Nixon. He started his own musical career, including the short-lived Bryndle with Kenny Edwards, Wendy Waldman, and Karla Bonoff. He arranged and played most of the instruments on some of Linda Rondstadt’s biggest 70s albums while notching his own Top 10 with Lonely Boy [#7, 1977]. He also hit with Thank You For Being A Friend, later the theme song for the sitcom Golden Girls.

Gold participated in the 10cc recording Ten Out of 10, and was invited to join Stewart and Gouldman as a permanent member of the band. He demurred, but when Gouldman and Stewart split, Gouldman invited him back to London just to hang out. They hit a musical groove and formed Wax, later known in the States as Wax UK. This week their lone US hit, Right Between the Eyes, entered the Hot 100 at #97. In a decent 13-week run it just missed giving Gouldman and Gold another Top 40 each, peaking at #43.

Wax lasted until 1990, landing a couple of solid hits in the UK and finding big success around Europe. Gouldman continues to write and record, currently with Kevin Godley after a brief 10cc reunion with Stewart. Gold died in 2011.

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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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