Tag: 1981

25-Jul

This Day In 80s Music, July 25th

On this day in 1980: AC/DC released their sixth internationally released studio album ‘Back In Black’, the first AC/DC album recorded without former lead singer Bon Scott who died on February 19, 1980 at the age of 33. The album has sold an estimated 50 million copies worldwide to date, making it one of the […]

18-Jul

This Day In 80s Music, July 18th

On this day in 1981: Kim Carnes was beginning her NINTH and final week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Bette Davis Eyes.’ “Bette Davis Eyes” was written and composed by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon in 1974. It was originally recorded by DeShannon in that year for her album ‘New arrangement’, but […]

16-Jul

This Day In 80s Music, July 16th

On this day in 1981: U.S. singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, who had success in the 70s with ‘Taxi’, ‘W-O-L-D’ and the #1 hit ‘Cats In The Cradle’, was killed at age 38, suffering a cardiac arrest while driving on the Long Island Expressway in New York. His car was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer, causing […]

11-Jul

This Day In 80s Music, July 11th

On this day in 1981: The Specials had their second and final UK #1 single with ‘Ghost Town’. Despite being a song about Coventry, the band chose to film the video of themselves driving a Vauxhall Cresta around some empty London streets. On this day in 1982: Phil Collen, former guitarist with the glam rock […]

27-Jun

This Day In 80s Music, June 27th

On this day in 1981: Kim Carnes returned to the #1 spot on the U.S. singles chart with “Bette Davis Eyes.” It was #1 for five consecutive weeks beginning May 16th 1981. It gave up the top spot on June 20th to the “Stars On 45 Medley” by Stars on 45. It returned to #1 […]

22-Jun

This Day In 80s Music, June 22nd

On this day in 1981: Mark Chapman pleaded guilty to the charge of murdering John Lennon in 1980. He was later sentenced to 20 years to life. On this day in 1985: Bryan Adams started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘Heaven’, his first #1 single in America. “Heaven” was […]

20-Jun

This Day In 80s Music, June 20th

On this day in 1981: Dutch studio group Stars On 45 went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with the “Stars On 45 Medley.” Its official title in the US and Canada (as on the record and in Billboard and RPM) is “Medley: Intro Venus/Sugar Sugar/No Reply/I’ll Be Back/Drive My Car/Do You Want To […]

15-Jun

This Day In 80s Music, June 15th

On this day in 1981: Duran Duran released their debut studio album which reached #3 on the UK Albums Chart and remained in the UK top 100 for 118 weeks. In the U.S., the album reached #10 on the Billboard 200, and spent 87 weeks on that chart. Singles from the album included the UK […]

02-Jun

This Day In 80s Music, June 2nd

On this day in 1981: Prince made his live British debut at The Lyceum Ballroom, London, (he would not play the UK again for five years). Here’s a clip of Prince a few days later in Paris, France: On this day in 1984: Deniece Williams was starting her second and final week at #1 on […]

30-May

This Day In 80s Music, May 30th

On this day in 1981: Kim Carnes was starting her third of nine non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Bette Davis Eyes.’ It would be ranked the #1 song for the year of 1981 by Billboard Magazine on their year-end chart and would be ranked the #2 song of the entire […]

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