1980 – The great New Orleans pianist Professor Longhair dies of a heart attack aged 61.
1980 – gigs around the UK; The Clash appeared at St Georges Hall, Bradford, The Pretenders appeared at The Locarno, Portsmouth and Dexy’s Midnight Runners appeared at The City Hall, Perth, Scotland.
1980 – Prince made his TV debut on the US show American Bandstand on this day in rock history!
1980 – Born on this day, Alicia Keys, American R&B and soul singer, songwriter, (born Alicia J. Augello-Cook). 2001 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Fallin’ and 2001 US No.1 & UK No.7 album ‘Songs In A Minor’. Has sold over 25 million albums and singles worldwide and won numerous awards, including nine Grammys.
1980 – Comedian John Belushi celebrates his birthday, which was yesterday, by joining the Dead Boys onstage in Los Angeles for a “jam.”
1980 – appearing at The Blizt Club, London, England, Spandau Ballet on this day in rock history!
1980 – during their 22 date UK tour The Clash appeared at the Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland.
1980 – this week’s US Top 5 singles: No.5, Rupert Holmes, ‘Escape, (The Pina Colada Song)’, No.4, Smokey Robinson, ‘Crusin’, No.3, Kenny Rogers, ‘Coward Of The County’, No.2, Captain and Tennille, ‘Do That To Me One More Time’, and No.1, Michael Jackson, ‘Rock With You.’