1980 – Mark David Chapman purchases the five-shot Charter Arms .38 Special he will use to kill John Lennon.
1980 – During a recording session, Jefferson Starship’s Paul Kantner suffers a stroke. He later makes a full recovery after spending two weeks in a Los Angeles hospital.
1980 – Paul McCartney is the recipient of a rhodium disc from the Guinness Book of World Records. The award celebrates his status as the world’s best-selling songwriter.
1980 – Paul McCartney is honored by the Guinness Book of World Records for being the best-selling songwriter and recording artist in music history.
1980 – Signing off work, Mark David Chapman gives his name as “John Lennon.” He would kill the Beatle two months later.
1980 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Woman in Love,” Barbra Streisand. The single appears on the album “Guilty,” which sells more than 20 million copies worldwide.
1980 – It’s the first day of an auction of old Abbey Road recording equipment, including stuff used by the Beatles.
1980 – The funeral took place of Led Zeppelin’s drummer John Bonham. ‘Bonzo’ was found dead at guitarist’s Jimmy Page’s house of what was described as asphyxiation, after inhaling his own vomit after excessive vodka consumption, (40 shots in 4 hours) aged 32.
1980 – Glam star Gary Glitter, whose “Rock & Roll, Part 2” can still be heard in sports stadiums today, declares bankruptcy.
1980 – Bob Marley collapses in New York while preparing for a tour of the U.S. with Stevie Wonder. He is diagnosed as having cancer and dies seven months later.
1980 – Bob Marley collapses onstage in Pittsburgh during his last concert. He’s flown to New York, where he enters Sloan-Kettering Hospital. Marley dies from a brain tumor in May 1981 after spending time recovering at a German clinic.
1980 – A court rules that the death of John Bonham, Led Zeppelin’s drummer, was accidental.