Thursday, July 13, 2017
US Top 20 Singles: w/e July 19, 1986
Three acts from the same musical family tree make separate placings in the week's top 20: Genesis and Peter Gabriel holding the two top spots and also Steve Hackett as part of GTR at #14. A bit of a bonus with Phil Collins on drums and production work with Howard Jones' remake of "No One Is To Blame". Add in the Moody Blues and that makes 25% of this top 20 having roots in prog-rock. This is also the first time in chart history that a group and a former member of that group have held down the top two positions. It nearly happened in April 1970 when The Beatles "Let It Be" was at #1 and John Lennon's "Instant Karma" was at #3, but Lennon's single peaked and went no higher. In addition, this is also the first time a solo artist, Phil Collins, hit #1 first (with "Against All Odds" two years earlier) and then again hit #1 with the group he comes from. it has happened the other way around many times though (Labelle, Four Seasons, Lovin' Spoonful, Sonny & Cher, Beatles, Osmonds, Commodores, etc.).