1980 – Cher makes an unannounced appearance as vocalist with Black Rose at a concert in New York’s Central Park.
1980 – Gary Numan hits #6 in UK with “I Die, You Die”.
1980 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Sailing,” Christopher Cross. The single wins Grammy Awards as record and song of the year. Cross also wins Grammys for best new artist, best arrangement accompanying vocalist and best album – “Christopher Cross.”
1980 – Bassist Tom Petersson leaves Cheap Trick, citing the time-honored personal and musical differences. By 1988 he had gotten over it and rejoined the band.
1980 – Sailing (Christopher Cross) was a hit today in rock history! Person Christopher Cross Right click for SmartMenu shortcuts
1980 – Talking Heads introduces its expanded touring lineup – the original quartet plus five additional musicians, guitarist Adrian Belew and keyboardist Bernie Worrell (of Parliament/Funkadelic) among them – at a Canadian rock festival.
1980 – In the U.K., David Bowie has a No. 1 single with “Ashes to Ashes.” His bizarre clown video inadvertently gives birth to the new romantic movement.
1980 – New wave comes to Ontario for the Heatwave Festival. The bands featured include the Pretenders and Talking Heads.
1980 – Linda Ronstadt opens on Broadway in ‘Pirates of Penzance’.
1980 – After Alice Cooper cancels a Toronto show because of illness, 1,400 entertainment-starved ticket-holders riot.
1980 – George Harrison publishes his first book, I Me Mine. The collection of song lyrics and reflections on his religious beliefs is currently out of print.
1980 – Quite a good day for live music, really. In Santa Monica, Calif., the Urgh! punk fest witnesses performances by Pere Ubu, the Dead Kennedys, and X.