Number One Song For 13 May 1981: ‘Bette Davis Eyes’

by Norm Gregory on May 13, 2014

in 1981, Music

The number one song on the Billboard Top Singles chart on May 13 1981 was by Kim Carnes.

This is what you would call a monster hit.

Bette Davis Eyes was written by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon . . in 1974 . . . when DeShannon recorded it . . . and no one noticed. The Kim Carnes’ version spent nine weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was Billboard’s biggest hit of the entire year for 1981. The recording won the 1982 Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

This is a good opportunity for me to explain the difference between Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the Grammies.

Record of the Year is awarded for a single or for one track on an album. This award goes to the artist and the producer, recording engineer, and/or mixer for that song.

Song of the Year is also awarded for a single or individual track, but the recipient of this award is the songwriter.


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