Tag: 1980

Tuesday 10/27/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Charlie Daniels – Full Moon (1980)

Full Moon is the eleventh studio album by Charlie Daniels and the eighth as the Charlie Daniels Band, released on July 18, 1980. It produced two hit singles for the band, In America and The Legend of Wooley Swamp. The group dedicated the album to Tommy Caldwell, who had died on 28 April 1980.

“The Legend of Wooley Swamp” – 4:18
“Carolina (I Remember You)” – 5:13
“Lonesome Boy from Dixie” – 4:45
“No Potion for the Pain” – 4:25
“El Toreador” – 3:26
“South Sea Song” – 4:32
“Dance, Gypsy, Dance” – 3:34
“Money” – 3:58
“In America” – 3:21


Thursday 8/13/2020 6pm ET: Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs

This week we feature the Top 40 Hit from August 16, 1980.  Join Ron Kovacs Live at 6pm ET on RadioMaxMusic

Wednesday 7/22/2020 4pm ET: Feature Year 1980

Thursday 6pm ET: Top 50 Countdown with Ron Kovacs

Top 50 Hits of 1980

Thursday 6pm: 80’s Countdown Show with Ron Kovacs

In this installment of the Classic Countdown Channel Archive we feature the Top 40 Hits from January 19, 1980, hosted by Ron Kovacs on RadioMaxMusic.

Friday 2pm: 80’s Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs

This week the Top 40 Hits from July 19, 1980.  Hosted by Ron Kovacs Live on RadioMaxMusic

Monday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1980 (Part IV)

Number One Tunes 1980 (Weeks)
“Please Don’t Go” – KC and the Sunshine Band (1)
“Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” – Rupert Holmes (2 weeks in 1979 + 1 week in 1980)
“Rock with You” – Michael Jackson (4)
“Do That to Me One More Time” – Captain & Tennille (1)
“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – Queen (4)
“Another Brick in the Wall, Part II” – Pink Floyd (4)
“Call Me” – Blondie (6)
“Funkytown” – Lipps Inc (4)
“Coming Up (Live At Glasgow)” – Paul McCartney (3)
“It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” – Billy Joel (2)
“Magic” – Olivia Newton-John (4)
“Sailing” – Christopher Cross (1)
“Upside Down” – Diana Ross (4)
“Another One Bites the Dust” – Queen (3)
“Woman in Love” – Barbra Streisand (3)
“Lady” – Kenny Rogers (6)
“(Just Like) Starting Over” – John Lennon (1 week in 1980 + 2 weeks in 1981)

Wednesday 6pm: MaxMusic 20th Century – 1980 (Part II)

July 11 – Ultravox release their fourth studio album, Vienna. Their first album with new lead singer Midge Ure following the departures of frontman John Foxx and guitarist Robin Simon, Vienna marks a radical shift in Ultravox’s direction and image, transforming the former post-punk band into a more sophisticatedly-oriented new wave/synthpop group. Despite this stylistic shift alienating fans and critics who were more favorable towards the Foxx-led incarnation of the band, Vienna would go on to become Ultravox’s most successful studio album to date.
July 18 – The documentary and concert film No Nukes opens in New York.
July 25 – Over five months after the death of lead singer Bon Scott, AC/DC release Back in Black, their first album with replacement singer Brian Johnson, who would remain with the band until 2016. The album’s success would lead it to become the second-highest-selling album of all time and the highest-selling studio album by any band to date.
July 29 – Over two months after the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis, the surviving members of Joy Division regroup as a new band and debut anonymously live at Manchester’s Beach Club; the group would adopt the moniker “New Order” the following year.
July 31 – The Eagles end their tour with a contentious show in Long Beach, California. They would not play together again until 1994.
August 4 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin the recording of the Double Fantasy album.
August 16
The first Monsters of Rock heavy metal festival is held at Donington Park in England. Rainbow headlines, and Judas Priest, Scorpions, April Wine, Saxon, Riot and Touch also perform.
Several bands lose members in one day; bass player Jah Wobble leaves Public Image, Ltd.; drummer Cozy Powell leaves Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow; keyboard player Jools Holland leaves Squeeze; and drummer Bill Ward leaves Black Sabbath.
August 19 – Fans at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto stage a riot after Alice Cooper cancels because of illness.
August 23 – The Heatwave festival near Toronto features The B-52’s, Talking Heads, The Pretenders, Elvis Costello and many others.
August 26 – Pete Comita replaces Tom Petersson in Cheap Trick.
August 31 – Karen Carpenter marries Thomas Burris. “Because We Are in Love” is played at their wedding.
September 13
Solid Gold, a new music television series, premieres in syndication.
Elton John plays a free concert for 400,000 people in New York’s Central Park. He performs the encore in a Donald Duck costume.
September 25 – John Bonham, drummer of Led Zeppelin, is found dead by bandmate John Paul Jones.
October 9 – A riot breaks out at a Black Sabbath concert in Milwaukee after bassist Geezer Butler is hit in the head by a bottle and the band quits the stage.
October 26 – Paul Kantner of Jefferson Starship is rushed to hospital following a cerebral hemorrhage. He soon recovers without surgery, defying medical odds.
October – Iron Maiden replaces guitarist Dennis Stratton with Urchin guitarist Adrian Smith.
November 21
The Eagles’ Don Henley is arrested when cocaine, Quaaludes, and marijuana are found in his hotel room after a 16-year-old prostitute has drug-related seizures. Henley is also subsequently charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. After pleading no contest, he was fined $2,500 and put on two years’ probation.
Iron Maiden play their first gig with new guitarist Adrian Smith in Uxbridge, London, England.
December 4
Duran Duran signs with EMI after finalizing its lineup and touring as a support act for Hazel O’Connor.
Led Zeppelin disbands following the death of drummer John Bonham.
December 7 – Darby Crash, leader of seminal L.A. punk band the Germs, dies of a heroin overdose in a suicide pact.
December 8 – John Lennon was shot to death outside his apartment building in New York City at 10:50 pm. Lennon’s single, “(Just Like) Starting Over”, subsequently becomes a number one hit in many countries, including the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
December 14 – Over 100,000 mourners attend a public vigil for John Lennon in Central Park. 10 minutes of silence are observed at 2pm.
December 31 – The ninth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by The Charlie Daniels Band, Billy Preston, Syreeta, Chuck Berry and Barry Manilow.
Also in 1980
The Roland Corporation releases the Roland TR-808 drum machine, which became a cornerstone of the emerging electronic, dance, and hip hop genres. The machine went on to become one of the most influential instruments in popular music, comparable to the Fender Stratocaster’s influence on rock.
Record labels established in 1980
Record labels disestablished in 1980
The single “Groovy Ghost Show” by Casper is one of the first recorded hip hop songs from Chicago.
British comedy group The Hee Bee Gee Bees release “Meaningless Songs (in Very High Voices)”, a parody of a Bee Gees’ disco-style single. Though not a hit in the UK, it is a huge success elsewhere, especially in South Africa, and helps to encourage the Gibb brothers to diversify stylistically.
Phil Collins signs a contract with Atlantic Records to distribute his solo records in the US and in Europe outside the UK (on WEA label).

Monday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1980 (Part I)

January 1
Cliff Richard is appointed an MBE by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
The Zorros audition drummer Greg Pedley.
January 5 – Donna Summer Brings her 3 double album in a 14-month period, to the top of the Billboard Albums charts; when Greatest Hits: On the Radio; Vol 1 & 2; reaches the top spot.
January 7 – At the age of 44, songwriter Larry Williams is found dead in his Los Angeles, California, home of a gunshot wound to the head. Investigators are never able to determine whether his death was a murder or suicide.
January 13 – The Beach Boys, Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Starship perform at a benefit concert at Oakland Coliseum for the people of Kampuchea.
January 14 – Rush release Permanent Waves, which eventually becomes the band’s fifth platinum album.
January 16 – Paul McCartney is arrested in Tokyo for possession of a half pound of marijuana. The remaining part of McCartney’s and Wings’ tour was then canceled.
January 19 – The first UK Indie Chart is published in Record Week, with Spizzenergi’s “Where’s Captain Kirk” topping the singles chart, and Adam and the Ants’ Dirk Wears White Sox topping the album chart.
January 25 – Paul McCartney is released from a Japanese jail and ejected from the country by Japanese authorities.
February 7 – Pink Floyd’s The Wall Tour opens at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.
February 8 – David Bowie and his wife of nearly 10 years, Angie, file for divorce. Bowie gets custody of their 9-year-old son, Zowie.
February 14 – Lou Reed marries Sylvia Morales in New York City’s Greenwich Village.
February 19 – Bon Scott, lead singer of AC/DC, dies in London. Although common folklore cites pulmonary aspiration of vomit as the cause of his death, the official cause is listed as “Acute alcohol poisoning” and “Death by Misadventure”.
February 23 – Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones and his wife are arrested for cocaine possession on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. They are set free after spending five days in custody due to the inability of authorities to prove the cocaine in the apartment belonged to either of them.
February 29 – Buddy Holly’s trademark glasses and the Big Bopper’s wristwatch are “rediscovered” in old police files by the Mason City, Iowa, sheriff (both were killed in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, along with singer Ritchie Valens).
March 1 – Patti Smith marries former MC5 member Fred “Sonic” Smith.
March 3 – Sotheby’s auction house in London auctions off a Rivera Hotel, Las Vegas, napkin signed by Elvis Presley for ₤500. Other items auctioned included four American dollar bills autographed by the Beatles, for £220 and a collection of personal letters belonging to the Rolling Stones, also for £220.
March 8–16 – Tbilisi Rock Festival (1980): the first state-sanctioned rock music festival in the Soviet Union.
March 14 – Record producer Quincy Jones receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
March 19 – Elvis Presley’s autopsy was subpoenaed during the trial of Dr. George Nichopoulous, who would later be found guilty of over-prescribing drugs to Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and other clients.
March 20 – Radio Caroline shuts down in the UK after radio ship Mi Amigo sinks in a storm.
April 1 – Brian Johnson is made the new lead singer of AC/DC replacing the late Bon Scott.
April 13 – The Broadway musical Grease closes its run of 3,388 performances, making it the longest running show on Broadway up until that time.
April 14
A member of the New Jersey State assembly introduces a resolution to make Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” the official state song.
Iron Maiden release their self-titled debut album.
April 17 – As the “official guests of State”, Bob Marley and the Wailers perform at Zimbabwe’s Independence festival. Marley calls the event the “greatest honor of my life.”
April 19 – Johnny Logan wins the 25th Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland, with the song “What’s Another Year”.
April 25 – Black Sabbath release Heaven and Hell, their first album to feature Ronnie James Dio on vocals.
April 30 – The Roger Daltrey film, McVicar, opens in London.
May 4 – America’s Top 10, the television version of radio’s American Top 40 and hosted by Casey Kasem, debuts this week in syndication.
May 18 – Ian Curtis, vocalist of pioneering post-punk group Joy Division, hangs himself in his Macclesfield home, just one day before Joy Division are scheduled to begin their first U.S. tour.
June 25
Rock and Roll pioneer Bill Haley performs for the last time during a tour of South Africa. After this tour, his health deteriorates and he dies in February 1981. July 1980 marks the 25th anniversary of Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock” reaching No. 1 on the American singles charts.
The Sony Walkman goes on sale in the United States.
Kiss plays its first show with new drummer Eric Carr at the New York Palladium.
June 27 – John Lydon and Keith Levene of Public Image Ltd make an appearance on The Tomorrow Show with host Tom Snyder. In a famously uncomfortable interview, Lydon gives curt and vague responses to most of Snyder’s questions.

Monday 12pm: Channel Programming

On RadioMaxMusic I
Music of The States.  Listen every Monday through Friday at 12PM ET as we feature the music of the states, A to Z.  Monday we feature music focusing on Indiana in the title or tunes about the state including popular cities.

Indiana is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern and Great Lakes regions of North America. Indiana is the 38th largest by area and the 17th most populous of the 50 United States. Its capital and largest city is Indianapolis. Indiana was admitted to the United States as the 19th U.S. state on December 11, 1816. Indiana borders Lake Michigan to the northwest, Michigan to the north, Ohio to the east, Kentucky to the south and southeast, and Illinois to the west.

Before becoming a territory, various indigenous peoples and Native Americans inhabited Indiana for thousands of years. Since its founding as a territory, settlement patterns in Indiana have reflected regional cultural segmentation present in the Eastern United States; the state’s northernmost tier was settled primarily by people from New England and New York, Central Indiana by migrants from the Mid-Atlantic states and from adjacent Ohio, and Southern Indiana by settlers from the Southern states, particularly Kentucky and Tennessee.

Indiana has a diverse economy with a gross state product of $359.12 billion in 2017. Indiana has several metropolitan areas with populations greater than 100,000 and a number of smaller industrial cities and towns. Indiana is home to professional sports teams, including the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts and the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, and hosts several notable athletic events, such as the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 motorsports races. – Wikipedia

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The Top 40 Hits of November 27, 1980


Thursday 6pm: 80’s Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs

This week the Top 40 Hits from July 19, 1980.  Hosted by Ron Kovacs Live on RadioMaxMusic 6pm.

Thursday 6pm: Top 50 Rock Hits of 1980

Thursday 6pm: 80’s Countdown Show with Ron Kovacs

Join Ron Kovacs Live at 6pm with the 80’s Countdown Show featuring the Top 40 Hits from March 15, 1980.

Thursday 6pm: 80’s Countdown Show with Ron Kovacs

Today we feature the Top 40 Hits from January 19, 1980.  Join Ron Kovacs Live on RadioMaxMusic.

Thursday 6pm: Top 50 Country Hits of 1980 with Ron Kovacs