Billboard #1s for the Week Ending July 5, 1986

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) Billy Ocean 1
R & B There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry) Billy Ocean 2
Country Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold) Dan Seals 1
Adult Contemporary Your Wildest Dreams The Moody Blues 1
Rock Secret Separation The Fixx 1
Album Control Janet Jackson 1

WinwoodHigherThis week sees a chart veteran enter the Top 40 with what would become his first #1. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and keyboard player Steve Winwood first came to prominence with the Spencer Davis Group. He hit the Top 10 twice with that band before he turned 20 — Gimme Some Lovin’ [#7] and I’m A Man [#10], both in 1967. He left the Group and formed Traffic, an impressive band whose successful, jazz-rock albums did not generate hit singles in the US. Brief stints with Blind Faith and Ginger Baker’s Air Force met with similar results. He launched a solo career in 1977, and had his first solo hit in the States with While You See A Chance [#7, 1981]. After a few more years of minor hits, he finally found chart magic.

This week Higher Love, the lead single from Back In the High Life, moved from #47 to #40 in its fourth chart week, becoming his fourth visit to the Top 40. At the end of August, it spent a week at #1, launching the most successful phase of his US Pop career.

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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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