14-Dec

This Day In 80s Music, December 14th

On this day in 1980: Six days after his murder, Yoko Ono called on fans to observe ten minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon. 30,000 gathered outside St George’s Hall in Liverpool, while nearly 100,000 attended a memorial in New York City’s Central Park. On this day in 1985: Whitney Houston scored her […]

13-Dec

This Day In 80s Music, December 13th

On this day in 1986: Bruce Hornsby & The Range went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart, with ‘The Way It Is.’ Written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother John Hornsby, it made explicit reference to the American Civil Rights Movement. It would spend one week in the top spot on the Billboard Hot […]

12-Dec

This Day In 80s Music, December 12th

On this day in 1981: The Human League had their only U.K. #1 single with ‘Don’t You Want Me.’ The Christmas #1 hit of 1981 in the U.K., the biggest U.K. seller of 1981 and Virgin Records’ first #1 U.K. single. It would spend five weeks at #1 in the U.K. The group’s singer Phil […]

11-Dec

This Day In 80s Music, December 11th

On this day in 1982: Singer, TV actress and dancer Toni Basil went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Mickey.’ The song was written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn as ‘Kitty’, and was first recorded by the U.K. group Racey in 1979. Toni Basil changed the name from Kitty to Mickey to […]

10-Dec

This Day In 80s Music, December 10th

On this day in 1983: Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson started a six week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Say Say Say’. It was Jackson’s 10th #1 at the time (solo & with The Jacksons) and McCartney’s 29th, (solo and with The Beatles). It was released in October of 1983 as the […]

09-Dec

This Day In 80s Music, December 9th

On this day in 1988: According to a poll released in the U.S., the music of Neil Diamond was favored as the best background music for sex, Beethoven was the second choice and Luther Vandross was voted third. On this day in 1989: Billy Joel started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles […]

08-Dec

This Day In 80s Music, December 8th

On this day in 1980: John Lennon was shot five times by 25 year old Mark David Chapman outside the Dakota apartment building in New York City where John and Yoko lived. Chapman had been waiting for Lennon outside the Dakota apartment since mid-morning and had asked for (and freceived) an autograph from Lennon earlier […]

07-Dec

This Day In 80s Music, December 7th

On this day in 1985: Mr. Mister started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Broken Wings’.  It was released in June 1985 as the lead single from their second album ‘Welcome to the Real World.’ The song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on December 7, 1985, where […]

06-Dec

This Day In 80s Music, December 6th

On this day in 1986: Peter Cetera went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “The Next Time I Fall”, a duet with Amy Grant. It would spend one week in the top spot. The song was written by Bobby Caldwell and Paul Gordon. It was recorded by Cetera and Grant for Peter Cetera’s […]

05-Dec

This Day In 80s Music, December 5th

On this day in 1987: Belinda Carlisle went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Heaven Is a Place on Earth’. The ex Go-Go’s member’s first and only solo #1. It would spend two weeks in the top spot. The song was released as the lead single from her second solo album ‘Heaven on […]

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