Billboard #1s for the Week Ending July 26, 1986
July 23, 2016 Leave a comment
This week’s Time Capsule!
|Hot 100||Sledgehammer||Peter Gabriel||1|
|R & B||Rumors||Timex Social Club||2|
|Country||On the Other Hand||Randy Travis||1|
|Adult Contemporary||Glory of Love||Peter Cetera||2|
|Rock||Higher Love||Steve Winwood||2|
This week sees an unsusual collaboration become both a comeback and a breakthrough. Walk This Way has a complicated history. Written by singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry for Aerosmith’s third album, Toys In the Attic the song stiffed as the disc’s second single. A year later, after the Top 10 success of Dream On, the band re-released it and it went to #10. Shortly after that, drug problems and personality clashes sidelined the band for the better part of a decade.
Rap trio Run-D.M.C. picked up the song for their third album, Raising Hell, at the suggestion of producer Rick Rubin. Perry’s instantly recognizable guitar riff made a nice sample, and the speak-sing vocals made a perfect rap. They invited Tyler and Perry to contribute to the track, crafting a smart, delightful blend of rap and rock.
This week, the track debuted on the Hot 100 at #73. It moved into the Top 40 in its fourth week, and a month later peaked at #4. This made it the first Hip-Hop single to crack the Billboard Top 5. It also rejuvenated Aerosmith’s career. Within a year they racked up their third Top 20 single and then launched the most successful run of their chart careers.