1981

At 12:01 am on Aug. 1, 1981, the television network MTV was launched. It was only on one cable network in New Jersey. Today it is in about 85% of American homes and is seen world wide. When they started out they played music. Today it has become something else. Happy 37th Birthday MTV. We […]

We lost Harry Chapin 37 years ago today on July 16, 1981. On that day, just after noon, Chapin was driving in the left lane on the Long Island Expressway at about 65 mph on the way to perform at a free concert scheduled for later that evening at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New […]

The Go – Go’s released their debut LP “Beauty and the Beat” on July 8, 1981. The album was preceded by the single and signature song “We Got the Beat”, which became a massive club hit in Europe and, later, the United States. When the album was eventually released, it steadily climbed the Billboard 200 […]

On April 4, 1981, Styx reached number the number one spot on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their LP “Paradise Theater”. Even though their previous 3 albums had each sold in excess of 3 million copies, this was the first and only time that one of their albums would be number 1. It remained […]

On Feb. 13, 1981, Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” LP had been on the Billboard charts for 402 weeks. It was the longest that any rock album had ever been on the charts. By the time it finally left the chart on April. 23, 1988, it had been on for 724 weeks. Have […]

On Jan. 19, 1981, Styx released their 10th album “Paradise Theater”. The album had of four singles that charted. “The Best of Times”, written by Dennis DeYoung, went to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Too Much Time on My Hands”, written by Tommy Shaw, went to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, Shaw’s only […]

Joan Jett released her 2nd solo LP “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” on Nov. 18, 1981. It was her first album feature her backing band The Blackhearts. It is Jett’s most successful album to date with over 10 million copies sold, largely due to the success of the title track which was released as a […]

Ozzy Osbourne released his 2nd LP, “Diary of a Madman” on Nov. 7, 1981. As alway, the critics had varied opinions of the record. The guitar work of Randy Rhoads received a lot of praise. Steve Huey of AllMusic stated that “it’s not uncommon to find fans who prefer Diary to Blizzard, since it sets […]


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