Tag: 1983

05-Mar

This Day In Music, March 5th

On this day in 1982: Actor and singer John Belushi died from an overdose of cocaine and heroin. Belushi was one of the original cast members on Saturday Night Live, played Joliet ‘Jake’ Blues in The Blues Brothers and also appeared in the film Animal House. His tombstone reads “I may be gone, but rock […]

28-Feb

This Day In Music, February 28th

On this day in 1981: Country music star Eddie Rabbitt crossed over to the Pop chart to score a U.S. #1 hit with ‘I Love a Rainy Night’. He had earlier written the Elvis Presley smash ‘Kentucky Rain’ before having a #5 hit with ‘Drivin’ My Life Away’. “I Love a Rainy Night” was 12 years […]

26-Feb

This Day In Music, February 26th

On this day in 1980: After seeing U2 play at Dublin’s National Boxing Stadium in front of 2,400 people; Rob Partridge and Bill Stewart from Island Records in the UK offered the band a recording contract. On this day in 1983: Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ went to #1 on the U.S. album chart. ‘Thriller’ broke racial barriers in […]

19-Feb

This Day In Music, February 19th

On this day in 1982: Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in San Antonio, Texas for urinating on the cenotaph at the Alamo, which honors the Alamo defenders. Osbourne was wearing a dress at the time of his arrest, (due to his wife Sharon hiding all his clothes so he couldn’t go outside). Osbourne was banned from […]

12-Feb

This Day In Music, February 12th

On this day in 1983: Men At Work returned to the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Down Under.” It has been #1 for three consecutive weeks starting on January 15, 1983 through February 4, 1983 then ‘Africa’ by Toto took over the top spot on February 5, 1983. ‘Down Under’ would be […]

08-Feb

This Day In Music, February 8th

On this day in 1981: R,E.M. made their first ever-recording sessions at Bombay Studios in Smyrna, Georgia. Tracks included ‘Gardening At Night’, ‘Radio Free Europe’ and ‘(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville.’ On this day in 1983: Winners at the second annual Brit Awards held in London included Paul McCartney, who won Best British Male Solo Artist, […]

05-Feb

This Day In Music, February 5th

On this day in 1983: Toto went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Africa.” “Africa” is the tenth and final track on Toto’s fourth studio album Toto IV. It was released as a single on October 30, 1982, the album’s third single overall and second in Europe. The song was written by band […]

04-Feb

This Day In Music, February 4th

On this day in 1984: Culture Club started a three-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Karma Chameleon’ the group’s 5th U.S. Top 10 hit. It would be the group’s biggest hit and only U.S. #1 single among their many top 10 hits. In an interview, Culture Club frontman Boy George explained: “The […]

29-Jan

This Day In Music, January 29th

On this day in 1983: Australian group Men At Work went to #1 on the U.K. singles chart and were starting their 3rd week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Down Under.’ Their debut album ‘Business As Usual’ was also at #1 on the U.S. and U.K album charts simultaneously on this day. […]

28-Jan

This Day In Music, January 28th

On this day in 1983: The first Narara Music Festival was held near Somersby, NSW over the Australia Day weekend, the line-up included Men At Work, The Angels, The Church, The Choirboys, Cold Chisel and INXS.  On this day in 1984: Frankie Goes To Hollywood started a five-week run at #1 on the U.K. singles […]

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