Tag: Dire Straits


This Day In 80s Music, September 21st

On this day in 1980: During a North American tour, Bob Marley collapsed while jogging in New York’s Central Park. After hospital tests he was diagnosed as having cancer. Marley played his last ever concert two nights later at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. On this day in 1985: Dire Straits went to #1 on […]


This Day In 80s Music, September 18th

On this day in 1982: The seven-minute epic by Dire Straits, ‘Private Investigations’ went to #2 on the U.K. singles chart, held out of the #1 spot by ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ by Survivor. On this day in 1983: Kiss appeared without their ‘make-up’ for the first time during an interview on MTV promoting the release […]


This Day In 80s Music, August 31st

On this day in 1984: ‘Purple Rain’ the movie-starring Prince opened at cinemas across the U.K. with special late night previews. The film grossed more than $80 million at the box office and became a cult classic. On this day in 1985: Brothers In Arms’ by Dire Straits started a nine-week run at #1 on the U.S. […]


This Day In 80s Music, August 10th

On this day in 1985: Canadian singer and guitarist Bryan Adams scored his first U.S. #1 album with ‘Reckless.’ Six singles were released from the album: ‘Run To You’, ‘Somebody’, ‘Heaven’, ‘Summer of ’69’, ‘One Night Love Affair’, and ‘It’s Only Love’. All six singles made the top 15 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, which until […]


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 […]


This Day In 80s Music, June 13th

On this day in 1987: Atlantic Starr went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Always.” It would spend one week in the top spot. The track was the second single from the group’s seventh studio album ‘All In the Name of Love.’ The single peaked at #1 on both the U.S. Billboard Hot […]


This Day In 80s Music, June 11th

On this day in 1988: Nelson Mandella’s 70th birthday tribute took place at Wembley Stadium, London, featuring Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder, Tracy Chapman, George Michael, Eric Clapton, UB40, The Eurythmics and Simple Minds. The event was broadcast live on BBC 2 to 40 different countries with an estimated audience of 1 billion. […]


This Day In 80s Music, May 25th

On this day in 1985: Dire Straits scored their second UK #1 album with ‘Brothers In Arms’, also a #1 in the U.S. and 24 other countries. ‘Brothers In Arms’ was one of the first albums to be directed at the CD market, and was a full digital recording (DDD) at a time when most […]


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, […]


This Day In Music, February 3rd

On this day in 1986: Dire Straits were at #1 on the U.K. album charts with their fifth studio album, ‘Brothers in Arms.’ By spending ten weeks at #1, the album is the seventh best-selling album in U.K. chart history. ‘Brothers In Arms’ won two Grammy Awards in 1986, and also won Best British Album […]