Category: Charlie’s 80s Blog

14-May

This Day In 80s Music, May 14th

On this day in 1988: Led Zeppelin reunited for the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary party at Madison Square Garden, New York, appearing with Jason Bonham the son of John Bonham on drums. Other acts performing included Foreigner, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Wilson Pickett and Ben E. King. Also on this day […]

13-May

This Day In 80s Music, May 13th

On this day in 1985: Bruce Springsteen married model and actress Julianne Phillips at Lake Oswego, Oregon. Julianne filed for divorce on Aug 30th 1988. On this day in 1989: Bon Jovi went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “I’ll Be There For You.” It would spend one week in the top spot. […]

12-May

This Day In 80s Music, May 12th

On this day in 1981: Meat Loaf filed for bankruptcy with debts of over $1 million. The singer stated; “I made almost nothing. That’s how it was back then. The record company said Bat Out Of Hell never made a profit.” On this day in 1984: Lionel Richie started a two week run at #1 […]

11-May

This Day In 80s Music, May 11th

On this day in 1981: Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley passed away at age 36. In July 1977, Marley was found to have a type of malignant melanoma under the nail of a toe, Marley’s health deteriorated as the cancer spread throughout his body. Marley had the 1981 single ‘No Woman No Cry’, plus over ten other […]

10-May

This Day In 80s Music, May 10th

On this day in 1985: The Go-Go’s announced they were breaking up. Two of the members went on to enjoy solo success, (Belinda Carlisle and Jane Wiedlin) and the group would reform in the late 90s. On this day in 1986: The Pet Shop Boys went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘West […]

09-May

This Day In 80s Music, May 9th

On this day in 1980: ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ by The Boomtown Rats won the best pop song and outstanding British lyric categories at the 25th Ivor Novello Awards. Boomtown Rats lead singer Bob Geldof was inspired to write the song after reading about the tragic shooting spree when 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two people […]

08-May

This Day In 80s Music, May 8th

On this day in 1982: Paul McCartney scored his fifth UK #1 album with ‘Tug Of War’. The album featured the duet with Stevie Wonder ‘Ebony & Ivory’, which was inspired by McCartney hearing comedian Spike Milligan say “black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony, folks!”, (the ebony (black) […]

07-May

This Day In 80s Music, May 7th

On this day in 1983: Former Jam leader Paul Weller unveiled his new group, The Style Council at an anti-nuclear benefit gig in London. The Style Council scored seven UK Top 10 hits and the band was also very successful in Australia and New Zealand during the 1980s, with multiple hit singles and albums. On […]

06-May

This Day In 80s Music, May 6th

On this day in 1989: Madonna began her third and final week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Like A Prayer.’ it would be ranked the #25 song of 1989 on Billboard’s year end chart. The song is the title track of Madonna’s fourth studio album ‘Like A Prayer.’ Madonna worked with Stephen […]

05-May

This Day In 80s Music, May 5th

On this day in 1984: Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr married Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde in a horse drawn carriage in Central Park, New York City. The couple divorced in 1990. Also on this day in 1984: Duran Duran were at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Reflex’, the group’s second and last […]

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