On this day in 1980: John Lennon began recording his final album, ‘Double Fantasy’ at The Hit Factory in New York City. It would be released on November 17th by the newly-formed Geffen Records and would win the 1982 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
On this day in 1982: Dexy’s Midnight Runners were at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with ‘Come On Eileen’ their second and last #1 in the U.K. It was the Best-selling single of 1982 and the song won Best British Single at the 1983 Brit Awards. The “Eileen” as featured in the video is Máire Fahey, sister of Siobhan Fahey, former singer with Bananarama and Shakespears Sister. The American singer Johnnie Ray, mentioned in the opening lyrics, was also featured in the video using old film footage. The song reached number one in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the week ending April 23, 1983.
Also on this day in 1982: Fleetwood Mac started a five-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with ‘Mirage’. The bands third U.S. #1 album.