1981 – Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon becomes the longest-running rock album on the Billboard albums chart. It’s been there for 402 weeks. But it still has a few years to go before it beats Johnny Mathis, whose Greatest Hits was on the chart for a whopping 490 weeks.
1981 – Rock `n’ roll pioneer Bill Haley of the Comets dies of a heart attack at his home in Harlingen, Texas. He sold an estimated 60 million records in his lifetime.
1981 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Celebration,” Kool & the Gang. The song is the theme song of the 1981 Super Bowl and is played for the 52 American hostages upon their return to the U.S. from Iran.
1981 – R.E.M. made their first ever-recording sessions at Bombay Studios Smyrna, Georgia. Tracks included ‘Gardening At Night’, ‘Radio Free Europe’ and ‘(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville.’
1981 – Kool & The Gang started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Celebration’ the groups first No.1 and 8th top 40 hit, a No.7 hit in the UK.
1981 – Hugo Montenegro dies of emphysema. Age 55.
1981 -According to today’s New York Post, the surviving Beatles will record a new album as a tribute to John Lennon. But it’s another false alarm brought on by Ringo Starr working with Paul McCartney on the latter’s Tug of War sessions. Another Report: Paul McCartney joins Ringo Starr and George Harrison in recording All […]
1981 – Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau inducts Joni Mitchell into Canada’s Juno Hall of Fame.
1981 – REO Speedwagon’s 10th album, Hi Infidelity, goes platinum. 1. Don’t Let Him Go 3:48 2. Keep On Loving You 3:22 3. Follow My Heart 3:48 4. In Your Letter 3:20 5. Take It On The Run 4:00 6. Tough Guys 3:51 7. Out Of Season 3:06 8. Shakin’ It Loose 2:27 9. Someone […]