Tag: John Lennon

29-Nov

This Day In 80s Music, November 29th

On this day in 1980: John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s ‘Double Fantasy’ album was released. Though initially poorly received, the album is notable for its association with Lennon’s murder three weeks after its release, whereupon it became a worldwide commercial success, and went on to win the 1981 Album of the Year Grammy at the […]

15-Nov

This Day In 80s Music, November 15th

On this day in 1980: Kenny Rogers went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Lady.” The song was written and produced by Lionel Richie, recorded in 1980, and ranks among Kenny Rogers’ biggest hits. Rogers once told an interviewer, “The idea was that Lionel would come from R&B and I’d come from country, and […]

27-Oct

This Day In 80s Music, October 27th

On this day in 1980: Mark David Chapman bought a five-shot .38 special for $169. A little over six weeks later, he would use the gun to kill John Lennon outside of his New York City apartment. On this day in 1988: U2’s film ‘Rattle And Hum’, received its world wide premiere in the group’s […]

09-Oct

This Day In 80s Music, October 9th

On this day in 1981: During a North American tour, The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The opening act was Prince, who dressed in his controversial bikini briefs and trench coat ran off stage after 15 minutes due to the crowd booing and […]

24-Aug

This Day In 80s Music, August 24th

On this day in 1981: Mark Chapman was given a 20 year jail sentence for the murder of John Lennon. The 25 year old had shot Lennon five times at close range on December 8th, 1980 in front of The Dakota apartment building in New York City. Over the next few months, Chapman would claim […]

17-Aug

This Day In 80s Music, August 17th

On this day back in 1980: Olivia Newton John was enjoying her 3rd consecutive week at #1 on the U.S. singles charts with ‘Magic’. ‘Magic’ was recorded for the soundtrack to the 1980 film Xanadu. Written and produced by John Farrar, it was released as the lead single from the soundtrack on May 23, 1980. The […]

07-Aug

This Day In 80s Music, August 7th

On this day in 1980: John Lennon began recording his final album, ‘Double Fantasy’ at The Hit Factory in New York City. It would be released on November 17th by the newly-formed Geffen Records and would win the 1982 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. On this day in 1982: Dexy’s Midnight Runners were […]

28-Jun

This Day In 80s Music, June 28th

On this day in 1980: Paul McCartney & Wings started a three week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ” Coming Up.” It became one of the few ‘live’ recordings to reach the top of Billboard’s Hot 100. American disc jockeys preferred it to the studio version on the flip side of […]

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 […]

24-Feb

This Day In Music, February 24th

On this day in 1982: The Police won best British group at the Brit Awards held in London. Adam And The Ants won best album for ‘Kings Of The Wild Frontier’, Cliff Richard won for Best British Male Solo Artist, Randy Crawford won for Best British Female Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act went to The […]

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