On this day in music history: October 19, 1985 – “Part Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 6 weeks, topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 3 weeks on October 26, 1985, topping the Hot 100 for 1 week on November 2, 1985, and also topping the Club Play chart for 1 week on November 16, 1985. Written and produced by Stevie Wonder, it is the sixteenth R&B and ninth pop chart topper for the Motown icon. Issued as the first single from “In Square Circle” in August of 1985, it is an instant smash. “Part Time Lover” makes chart history as the first record to hit the top of the Pop, R&B, Dance and Adult Contemporary charts. The track also features background vocals from Luther Vandross, Philip Bailey and Syreeta Wright. Wonder publicly debuts “Part Time Lover” on May 19, 1985 three months before its release, when he performs the song on the television special “Motown Returns To The Apollo” with Boy George of Culture Club. At the time that the single reaches the top of the pop singles chart, it puts Wonder in a tie for fourth place with the Bee Gees and Paul McCartney among the artists with the most number ones. In late 1985, the only other artists ahead of them were The Beatles (20), Elvis Presley (17), and The Supremes (12). The success of “Part Time Lover” propels “In Square Circle” to 2x Platinum status in the US.
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