On this day in 1983: Actress and singer Irene Cara started a six week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Flashdance…What A Feeling’. Taken from the film ‘Flashdance’, a #2 hit in the UK. Cara had also appeared in TV’s ‘Roots’ and ‘The Next Generation’.
The song was the #3 single of the year in 1983 on the Billboard year-end chart. In 2008, the song was ranked at #26 on Billboard‘s All Time Top 100, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Billboard Hot 100.
Also on this day in 1983: The four day US Festival ’83’ took place in California, featuring The Clash, U2, David Bowie, The Pretenders, Van Halen, The Stray Cats, Men At Work, INXS, Stevie Nicks, Judas Priest, Willie Nelson, Joe Walsh, Motley Crue, and Ozzy Osbourne. Over 750,000 fans attended the festival.