Billboard #1s for the Week Ending February 2, 1985

This week’s Time Capsule!

Chart Title Act Weeks
Hot 100 I Want to Know What Love Is Foreigner 1
R & B Mr. Telephone Man New Edition 1
Country A Place to Fall Apart Merle Haggard with Janie Fricke 1
Adult Contemporary You’re the Inspiration Chicago 2
Rock The Old Man Down the Road John Fogerty 2
Album Born In the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen 7

JellybeanSidewalkThis week sees a long-lived song peak for the first time. DJ John “Jellybean” Benitez rose to prominence in the New York club circuit in the late 70s. He became known for remixing singles around the same time that he met a then-unknown singer and dancer named Madonna. He produced a couple of tracks on her debut album, including her first Top 40 hit, Holiday. As her star began to rise, she returned the favor, offering Jellybean a song she had written for inclusion on his first EP.

This week Sidewalk Talk — with lead vocals by Catherine Buchanan and backing vocals by Madonna — became Jellybean’s second #1 on the Dance chart. It managed this solely through club play, since no official 7″ or 12″ version was yet available. Ten months later, after Madonna’s remarkable year on the charts, EMI released the single officially. It entered the Hot 100 on November 16, 1985 and peaked at #18 on February 1, 1986, almost exactly a year after its dance peak.


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