Tag: Stevie Wonder

13-Oct

This Day In 80s Music, October 13th

On this day in 1984: Stevie Wonder started a three week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’, his 7th U.S. #1. It was written, produced, and performed by Stevie Wonder and remains Wonder’s best-selling single to date, having topped a record 19 charts. The […]

11-Oct

This Day In 80s Music, October 11th

On this day in 1981: The Rolling Stones performed at the Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California, USA, as part of a 50-date North American tour. 95 fans were arrested after trouble broke out at the venue. The tour became the largest grossing of 1981, with $50 million in ticket sales. On this day in 1986: […]

10-Sep

This Day In 80s Music, September 10th

On this day in 1983: Former Stevie Wonder guitarist Michael Sembello, started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Maniac’. The track was featured in the film ‘Flashdance’. The song was written by Dennis Matkosky and its performer Michael Sembello. The original idea for the song came to Matkosky while watching […]

08-Sep

This Day In 80s Music, September 8th

On this day in 1984: Stevie Wonder had his first U.K #1 with ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’. Taken from the film ‘The Woman In Red’, it was 18 years after Wonder’s chart debut in 1966. The song stayed at #1 for six weeks in the U.K. It remains Wonder’s best-selling single to date, […]

25-Aug

This Day In 80s Music, August 25th

On this day in 1981: R.E.M. appeared at The Scorpio, Charlotte, North Carolina. This show was billed as “Charlotte’s First Gay New Wave Disco and Costume Party”, with the $3 tickets benefitting various gay-lesbian charities. On this day in 1984: Ray Parker Jr. was enjoying his third and final week at #1 on the U.S. […]

26-Jun

This Day In 80s Music, June 26th

On this day in 1982: American singer and One Hit Wonder Charlene was at #1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I’ve Never Been To Me’. The song was recorded in 1976 and was reissued by Motown records in 1982 by which time Charlene had moved to England and was working in a sweet shop […]

19-Jun

This Day In 80s Music, June 19th

On this day in 1982: Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney started their SIXTH week at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Ebony And Ivory’. The song gave McCartney his 24th U.S. #1 as a songwriter. The title was inspired by McCartney hearing Spike Milligan say “black notes, white notes, and you need to play the […]

13-Jun

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 […]

12-Jun

This Day In 80s Music, June 12th

On this day in 1982: Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Gary ‘US’ Bonds all appeared at a rally for nuclear disarmament in Central Park, New York to over 450,000 fans. Also on this day in 1982: Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder started their fifth of SEVEN weeks at #1 on the […]

11-Jun

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. […]

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