1980 – Mantovani (Annunzio Paulo Mantovani) dies. Age 74.
1980 – Jon Paulus of the Buckinghams dies of a drug overdose. Age 32.
1980 – Women and Children First is released this day in rock history! Release date: 1980-03-26 Lyrics: Ow Oh yeah, get up Ow! (Yeah) Ow! Ow! Well, they say it’s kinda frightnin’ How this younger generation swings You know it’s more than just some new sensation Well, the kid is into losin’ sleep And he […]
1980 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Another Brick in the Wall,” Pink Floyd. The song is the group’s biggest hit.
1980 – Pink Floyd: Another Brick in the Wall US 45 is no. 1 chart topper.
1980 – The Eagles: A 28-year-old truck driver takes the office manager of Elektra/Asylum Records’ New York branch hostage. Joseph Riviera demands that either Jackson Browne or the Eagles give him money in order to start his own business. Neither responds, and he eventually surrenders to New York police.
1980 – A napkin signed by Elvis Presley fetches 500 pounds at a Sotheby’s auction in London. Four dollar bills signed by the Beatles sell for 220 pounds, as does a packet of letters written by the Rolling Stones.
1980 – Blondie were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Atomic’ the group’s third UK No.1 single.
1980 – Patti Smith married MC5 guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith. Smith died on November 4th 1994.