Tag: MTV


This Day In 80s Music, July 24th

On this day in 1982: Survivor started a six week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Eye Of The Tiger’, taken from the film ‘Rocky III’. Also #1 in the U.K. Survivor won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance for the song. The song was released as a single from their […]


This Day In 80s Music, April 11th

On this day in 1981: Eddie Van Halen married actress Valerie Bertinelli, co-star of the 1980s television hit, One Day at a Time. The two had met eight months earlier when Bertinelli’s brother took her to a Van Halen concert in Shreveport, Louisiana. Also on this day back in 1981: Hall & Oates started a […]


This Day In Music, March 28th

On this day in 1981: Blondie started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Rapture’, the group’s fourth and final U.S. #1 and the first #1 song in the U.S. to feature rap lyrics, notable for name-checking hip-hop pioneers Fab Five Freddy and Grandmaster Flash. In January 1981, “Rapture” was […]


This Day In Music, February 22nd

On this day in 1981: One Hit Wonder Joe Dolce was at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with ‘Shaddap You Face,’ famously keeping the legendary Ultravox song, Vienna, out of the U.K. #1 slot. ‘Shaddap You Face’ went to #1 in 11 countries with over 35 different foreign language cover versions, selling over 4 […]


This Day In Music, December 2nd

On this day in 1983: MTV aired the full 14-minute version of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ video for the first time. Now regarded as the most influential pop music video of all time, in 2009, the video was inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, the first music video to ever receive […]


This Day In Music, November 11th

On this day in 1982: Prince kicked off his 87-date ‘1999’ North American tour at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Here’s a clip of Prince performing ‘1999’ on the tour about a month later in Houston, TX: On this day in 1983: Mick Jagger appeared on the UK TV show ‘The […]


This Day In Music, October 19th

On this day in 1985: A-Ha went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Take On Me’, making them the first Norwegian group to score a U.S. #1. The song spent 27 weeks on Billboard Hot 100 chart and was ranked the #10 song for the entire year of 1985. The video for the […]


This Day In Music, October 5th

On this day in 1987: Whitney Houston was enjoying her second and final week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” the second single from her second album ‘Whitney.’ Originally, another song was to be released as the second single, “For the Love of You”, but Arista Records […]


This Day In 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 Music, September 14th

On this day in 1981: The Rolling Stones played a secret pre-tour warm-up show at the Sir Morgan’s Cove club in Worcester, Massachusetts. Billed as Little Boy Blue & The Cockroaches, a local radio station announced that the Stones were in town, resulting in the club being besieged by over 4,000 fans attempted to get […]