1980 – John Phillips, leader of the Mamas and Papas, is arrested by the FBI for possession of cocaine. He is sentenced to five years in prison but lectures against drugs for 250 hours as an alternate sentence.
1980 – David Bowie opens on stage in Denver in the title role of “Elephant Man” to critical acclaim.
1980 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” Billy Joel. It is Joel’s first No. 1 single.
1980 – Kiss unveil their new drummer at New York’s Palladium. The newly christened Eric Carr, born Paul Caravello, is made up to look like a fox after the band decides against the hawk look.
1980 – Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra announces he will run for mayor of San Francisco. He comes fourth.
1980 – Keith Godchaux, former keyboardist of the Grateful Dead, dies in an auto wreck at the age of 32. Biography Keith Godchaux was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in Concord, California. He met and married Donna Jean Godchaux in 1970; their son Zion, of the band BoomBox, was born in 1974. The […]
1980 – Former Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux’s car collides with a flatbed truck in Marin County, Calif. He dies two days later.
1980 – production of The Elephant Man starring David Bowie opens in Denver.
1980 – No Nukes, a documentary film on the benefit concerts of the same name starring Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor, premieres in New York.
1980 – Linda Ronstadt makes her theater debut in “Pirates of Penzance” in New York.
1980 – Former Beatles and Stones manager Allen Klein begins a two-month jail sentence for cheating on his tax return.
1980 – 36 Ted Nugent fans are arrested for supposedly smoking pot and throwing bottles at the Gonzo Rocker’s Concert, in Hollywood, Fla.