22-Apr

This Day In 80s Music, April 22nd

On this day in 1989: Madonna started a three week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Like A Prayer’, the singer’s seventh U.S. #1, also a #1 in the UK. ‘Like A Prayer’ is the title track from her album ‘Like A Prayer’ and it was released as the album’s lead single on […]

21-Apr

This Day In 80s Music, April 21st

On this day in 1982: Clash front man Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in the group canceling a tour. The singer was found living in Paris, France. On this day in 1984: Phil Collins started a three week run at #1 in the U.S. singles chart with the theme from the film […]

20-Apr

This Day In 80s Music, April 20th

On this day in 1980: 84 year old George Burns, who starred in the movie ‘Oh God’ with John Denver, became the oldest person to have a hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when ‘I Wish I Was 18 Again’ peaked at #49. When asked if he wished he were 18 again, Burns replied “I […]

19-Apr

This Day In 80s Music, April 19th

On this day in 1980: R.E.M. played their first gig as R.E.M. at the 11:11 Koffee Club, Athens, Georgia to 150 people. The show ended at 2am when police closed it down due to the venue being unlicensed. Here’s a concert clip from R.E.M. from early 1981: Also on this day in 1980: For the […]

18-Apr

This Day In 80s 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 80s Music, April 17th

On this day in 1982: Vangelis was at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Chariots Of Fire, he later also won an Academy Award for the album for Best Original Score. Also on this day back in 1982: Joan Jett & The Blackhearts were starting their FIFTH consecutive week at #1 on the U.S. […]

16-Apr

This Day In 80s Music, April 16th

On this day in 1983: Michael Jackson began his SEVENTH and final week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with Billie Jean. It would be ranked the #2 song of the entire year of 1983 behind ‘Every Breath You Take’ by The Police. After ‘Billie Jean’ gave up the top spot to ‘Come On […]

15-Apr

This Day In 80s 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 80s 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 80s Music, April 13th

On this day in 1985: USA for Africa started a four week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘We Are The World.’  It was written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and produced by Quincy Jones and Michael Omartian for the album ‘We Are The World.’ Following Band Aid’s 1984 “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” project […]

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