Wednesday, September 17, 2014

List of Billboard #1 Jazz Albums of 1985

It began innocently enough with the question, "Do the good folks at Record Research publish a jazz album list book?"  Unfortunately, the answer is no.  So, being slightly compulsive, I've set about to make my own jazz album list book for the years 1976-85.  Putting this thing together will take a while, but I'm going to go ahead and publish bits and pieces here on the blog.

In 1985, Billboard published a Jazz Album list every two weeks with forty albums ranked.  According to the magazine, the chart is "compiled from national retail store and one-stop sales reports."  Here's a chart of the #1 jazz albums of 1985:

Week Ending Album Artist(s)
January 5 Hot House Flowers Wynton Marsalis
January 19
February 2
February 16
March 2
March 16
March 30 Straight to the Heart David Sanborn
April 13
April 27
May 11 Hot House Flowers Wynton Marsalis
May 25 Magic Touch Stanley Jordan
June 8
June 22
July 6
July 20
August 3
August 17
August 31
September 14 Dancing in the Sun George Howard
September 28
October 12
October 26 Magic Touch Stanley Jordan
November 9
November 23
December 7
December 21

Three of the four albums have previously appeared on The CD Project blog:
David Sanborn - Straight To The Heart (1984)
Stanley Jordan - Magic Touch (1985)
George Howard - Dancing In The Sun (1985)

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