Category: Charlie’s 80s Blog

18-Apr

This Day In Music, April 18th

On this day in 1984: Michael Jackson underwent surgery in a Los Angeles hospital to repair damage done after his hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial. On this day in 1985: Wham! Became the first-ever Western pop act to have an album released in China. On this day in 1987: Aretha […]

17-Apr

This Day In Music, April 17th

On this day in 1983: Michael Jackson was enjoying his last week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Billie Jean.” The song had been #1 for the past seven weeks, since topping the charts for the first time in early March. “Billie Jean” was awarded honors including two Grammy Awards and an American […]

16-Apr

This Day In Music, April 16th

On this day in 1984: Phil Collins started a three week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now).” This would be the first of seven #1 hits for Phil Collins in the United States. “Against All Odds” won the Grammy Award for Best Pop […]

15-Apr

This Day In Music, April 15th

On this day in 1982: Billy Joel was reported to be in ”quite good” condition after major surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. The singer broke his left wrist when his 1978 Harley Davidson hit a car on Long Island, New York. The hospital switchboard was jammed with calls from his fans, […]

14-Apr

This Day In Music, April 14th

On this day in 1983: The Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon died from a drug overdose. He was fired from the group on June 14th 1982, (two days before Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott was found dead of heart failure). Farndon was in the midst of forming a new band with former Clash drummer Topper Headon […]

13-Apr

This Day In Music, April 13th

On this day in 1986: Falco’s three week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart came to an end. The single became the only German language song to peak at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 when it hit #1 on March 29, 1986. It topped the singles charts on both sides of the Atlantic. […]

12-Apr

This Day In Music, April 12th

On this day in 1984: Kenny Loggins was enjoying his third and final week on top of the U.S. singles charts with “Footloose” the title track to the motion picture. “Footloose” would lose its #1 spot to another motion picture theme song, “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins on April 14, 1984. “Footloose” is ranked […]

11-Apr

This Day In Music, April 11th

On this day in 1981: Eddie Van Halen married actress Valerie Bertinelli, co-star of the 1980s television hit, One Day at a Time. The two had met eight months earlier when Bertinelli’s brother took her to a Van Halen concert in Shreveport, Louisiana.

10-Apr

This Day In Music, April 10th

On this day in 1982: Iron Maiden scored their first UK #1 album with The Number Of The Beast. The band’s third studio album saw the debut of vocalist Bruce Dickinson and the final appearance of the late drummer Clive Burr. This was their first album to reach #1 on the UK Albums Chart, and […]

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