Billboard #1s for the Week Ending July 19, 1986

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 Invisible Touch Genesis 1
R & B Rumors Timex Social Club 1
Country Until I Met You Judy Rodman 1
Adult Contemporary Glory of Love Peter Cetera 1
Rock Higher Love Steve Winwood 1
Album The Winner In You Patti LaBelle 1

TimexRumorsThis week sees a One Hit Wonder’s strong chart presence. Timex Social Club began as the Timex Crew, fronted by Marcus Thompson. They were early pioneers of the New Jack Swing sound. After four years and a couple of lineup changes, they recorded their lone album, Vicious Rumors.

This week the lead single, Rumors, topped the R&B and Dance charts. With its distinctive old school hip-hop sound and smart lyrics, it was a big hit, spending two and three weeks at the top respectively. The track moved from #33 to #28 on the Hot 100, on its way to a peak at #8.

Timex Social Club disbanded while their hit was charting; the album spawned two more R&B Top 20s but saw no action on any other charts. Producer Jay King quickly rebounded, forming Club Nouveau. That group capitalized on the New Jack Swing explosion, hitting #1 on the Hot 100 with a cover of Bill Withers’ Lean On Me.

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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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