Billboard #1s for the Week Ending May 17, 1986

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Greatest Love of All Whitney Houston 1
R & B On My Own Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald 1
Country Ain’t Misbehavin’ Hank Williams, Jr. 1
Adult Contemporary Greatest Love of All Whitney Houston 4
Rock Like A Rock Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band 1
Album Whitney Houston Whitney Houston 8

BoysCowboyThis week sees a one hit wonder bring their deadpan novelty hit into the Top 40. Nick Richards purchased Maison Rouge Studio in London and assembled some musicians to record there. One of their early efforts was the tongue-in-cheek I Wanna Be A Cowboy, released as Boys Don’t Cry.

The track entered the Hot 100 on April 5, 1986. In this, its seventh week, it moves from #42 to #33. Six weeks later it peaked at #12. Boys Don’t Cry released two albums quickly, trying to capitalize on the success, but the urgent synth-rock of the other tracks confused listeners and never caught on. Richards continues to dabble in music, but his cowboy ride remains his only US hit.

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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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