Tag: 1980

23-Feb

This Day In Music, February 23rd

On this day in 1980: U2 appeared at The Moonlight Club, at The Railway Hotel in London, tickets cost £2! Here’s some vintage U2 from 1980 at The Electric Co. in London: On this day in 1985: Stevie Wonder was arrested during an anti-apartheid demonstration outside the South African Embassy in Washington; he was released […]

20-Feb

This Day In Music, February 20th

On this day in 1980: AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott was pronounced dead on arrival at a London hospital after a heavy night’s drinking. Scott was found in the passenger seat of a friend’s parked car. The official coroner’s report stated that he had “drank himself to death.” On this day in 1988: Expose went to […]

16-Feb

This Day In Music, February 16th

On this day in 1980: The Captain and Tennille went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Do That To Me One More Time.” It was the duo’s 13th charting hit in the United States, and their second #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was included on the duo’s 1979 studio album, ‘Make […]

10-Feb

This Day In Music, February 10th

On this day in 1980: Michael Jackson was enjoying his fourth a final week in the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Rock With You.” It would be ranked the #4 song for the entire year of 1980. Here’s a look at the Top 20 from this day back in 1980, the last […]

01-Feb

This Day In Music, February 1st

On this day in 1980: Blondie released ‘Call Me’, the main theme song of the 1980 film American Gigolo. It would go to #1 on the U.S. singles chart in mid-April of 1980 for six consecutive weeks, and became the top-selling single of the year in the United States in 1980. “Call Me” was the […]

19-Jan

This Day In Music, January 19th

On this day in 1980: The Pretenders scored their first U.K. #1 hit with their third single ‘Brass In Pocket’. Singer Chrissie Hynde got the idea for the song’s title when, during an after-show dinner, she overheard someone enquiring if anyone had, “Picked up dry cleaning? Any brass in pocket?” Also on this day in […]

16-Jan

This Day In Music, January 16th

On this day in 1980: Paul McCartney was jailed for nine days in Tokyo for marijuana possession after being found with 219g on his arrival at Narita Airport in Japan. McCartney said in 2004. “This stuff was too good to flush down the toilet, so I thought I’d take it with me.” On this day […]

12-Jan

This Day In Music, January 12th

On this day in 1980: Rupert Holmes returned to the #1 spot on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Escape (The Pina Colada Song)’. The song shot up the U.S. charts, becoming the last #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit of 1979 and of the 1970s decade. “Escape” was knocked out of the top spot but returned […]

29-Dec

This Day In Music, December 29th

Each year Billboard freezes their weekly charts at the very end of the year/beginning of the new year (including in the 1980s) so there isn’t a lot of “music news” from the 80s to report at the end of the year/very beginning of the year as far as songs/albums going to #1, etc. So for […]

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