Billboard #1s for the Week Ending June 7, 1986

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Live to Tell Madonna 1
R & B On My Own Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald 4
Country Happy, Happy Birthday Baby Ronnie Milsap 1
Adult Contemporary Live to Tell Madonna 2
Rock Sledgehammer Peter Gabriel 2
Album Whitney Houston Whitney Houston 11

CeteraKarateGloryThis week sees another classic band’s lead singer launch a successful solo career. Peter Cetera was a founding member of Chicago, playing bass and providing some vocals. By 1985, the group’s hits were largely Cetera-sung ballads and he decided to capitalize on that by heading out on his own. For his first effort, he collaborated with regular producer and co-writer David Foster on the theme for the movie Karate Kid II.

Glory of Love bows at #62 this week. It moved up quickly, entering the Top 40 in its third week, the Top 10 its seventh, and vaulting from #5 to #1 in its ninth. With two weeks at the top it matched the success of his two biggest hits with Chicago, If You Leave Me Now [1976] and Hard to Say I’m Sorry [1982]. Chicago brought in a new vocalist and continued their easy listening chart success; Cetera logged five more Top 40 hits, including a #1 duet with Amy Grant and a #6 duet with Cher.


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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