Tag: 1981

Wednesday 5/27/20 2pm ET: Feature Year: 1981

This week on Feature Year, 1981.

January – Nearly a year after the suicide of Ian Curtis, the surviving members of Joy Division plus Gillian Gilbert, now under the name New Order, release their debut single “Ceremony”; the single and its B-side, “In a Lonely Place”, are both re-recordings of songs originally written and performed by Curtis. The single’s release marks the band’s first public use of the “New Order” moniker, which they would retain for the remainder of their career.
10 January – A revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadway’s Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith.
18 January – Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics is arrested in Milwaukee for simulating masturbation with a sledgehammer on stage. In a scuffle with the police Williams is pinned to the floor and receives a cut above the eye requiring twelve stitches.
24 January – Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is injured in a motorcycle crash that leaves him hospitalized for two months.
9 February – Phil Collins releases his first solo album, Face Value; while the album would end up a smash success, Collins would remain a member of Genesis until 1995.
12 February – Rush release the highly regarded album Moving Pictures which eventually becomes the band’s sixth platinum album.
14 February – Billy Idol leaves the band Generation X to begin a solo career.
14 March – Suffering from bleeding ulcers, Eric Clapton is admitted to United Hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. Clapton’s 60-city tour of the US is cancelled, and he remains in hospital for a month.
27 March – Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a dove at a CBS record label gathering in Los Angeles.
1 April – The Go-Go’s sign to IRS Records.
4 April – British pop group Bucks Fizz wins the 26th Eurovision Song Contest, held at the RDS Simmonscourt Pavilion, Dublin, with the song “Making Your Mind Up”.
11 April – Van Halen’s lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen marries actress Valerie Bertinelli.
18 April – Yes announce that they are breaking up. (They would reunite frequently in years to come).
20 April – The Mamas & the Papas’ John Phillips is sentenced to five years in jail after pleading guilty to drug possession charges. Phillips’ sentence would be suspended after thirty days in exchange for 250 hours of community service.
22 April – Eric Clapton is taken to the hospital suffering from bruised ribs and a lacerated shin, following a car accident in Seattle, Washington.
27 April – Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach marry, in London, England.
2 May – British vocalist Sheena Easton hits No. 1 in the US with “Morning Train (9 to 5)” following a swift rise to fame as the result of a reality TV show.
14 May – Diana Ross signs with RCA Records (EMI internationally), leaving Motown Records, her label of two decades. The $20,000,000 deal is the most lucrative recording contract in history at that time.
15 May – A riot breaks out at The Ritz rock club in New York when Public Image Ltd plays behind a videoscreen while completely different music plays over the club’s speakers.
4 June – U2 appears on the Tomorrow show with Tom Snyder, their first U.S. television appearance.
5 June – The TV series Night Flight, a variety show featuring music documentaries and videos, is premiered on the USA Network.
6 June – Kerrang! magazine publishes its first issue. Angus Young of AC/DC is on the cover.
30 June – Jerry Lee Lewis is rushed to hospital in Memphis for emergency surgery for a tear in his stomach. Despite being given less than a 50% chance of survival, he eventually pulls through.
1 August
MTV broadcasts for the first time on cable television in the United States, playing music videos 24 hours a day. First to air is “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles.
The success of Stars On 45 leads to a short-lived medley craze. The most successful imitator of the Stars On 45 format is, rather unexpectedly, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, whose “Hooked On Classics (Parts 1&2)” reaches number two in the charts.
23 August – The Violent Femmes are discovered by members of The Pretenders busking outside a Milwaukee venue and are invited to play a 10-minute acoustic set as a second opening act in the Pretenders’ show that night.
11 September – Iron Maiden fires lead singer Paul Di’Anno.
19 September – Simon & Garfunkel perform a free reunion concert in New York City’s Central Park attended by over 500,000 fans.
25 September – The Rolling Stones open their US tour in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
26 September – Iron Maiden hires Samson lead singer Bruce Bruce AKA Bruce Dickinson to replace Paul Di’Anno. Dickinson will finish off the last 7 dates of the Killer World Tour.
26 October – Iron Maiden plays its first show with Bruce Dickinson as the new lead singer in Bologna, Italy.
27 October – The British Phonographic Industry takes out newspaper ads unveiling its new slogan: “Home Taping Is Killing Music”. The ads advocate a levy on blank cassette tapes.
31 October – Punk band Fear makes a memorable appearance on Saturday Night Live. A group of fans storm the stage and damage TV equipment while moshing, resulting in the show cutting to commercial.
18 November – While sitting in Tom’s Restaurant in New York City, Suzanne Vega composes the song “Tom’s Diner”.
18 December – An estimated 35 million people around the world watch a live satellite transmission of a Rod Stewart concert at the Los Angeles Forum. It is the first broadcast of its kind since Elvis Presley’s “Aloha from Hawaii” special in 1973.
31 December – The tenth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Four Tops, Rick Springfield, Barry Manilow, Alabama and Rick James.
Also in 1981
The organ at the famous Heinävesi Church in Finland is renewed, using locks from the original organ.
Alice Cooper drastically changes his appearance, leaving behind his trademark make-up and donning a military uniform.
Synthpop enjoys mainstream popularity in the UK, with groups such as Ultravox, Depeche Mode, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and The Human League releasing hit singles and albums.
Menudo’s golden era (1981–1985) begins in Latin America, parts of Europe and Asia.
Brad Whitford leaves Aerosmith and is replaced by Rick Dufay.
Hal Willner “invents” the modern tribute album with Amacord Nino Rota.

Tuesday 6pm ET: Top 50 Rock Hits of 1981 with Ron Kovacs

Saturday 12:45am ET: Feature LP #2: The Knack – Round Trip (1981)

Round Trip is the third studio album by power pop/new wave band The Knack that was released by Capitol Records in 1981. It received generally unfavorable critical reviews, but it reached #93 in the Billboard 200 and also contained single “Pay The Devil (Ooo, Baby, Ooo)” (hitting #67 on the Billboard Hot 100). “Boys Go Crazy” was issued as the single from the album in Australia. It was also issued as a follow up single to “Pay the Devil” in the U.S. and was expected to be “chart bound” on the Hot 100, but it did not chart. The band broke up a few months after its release, with their label dropping them due to failed expectations. They remained disbanded until a 1986 reunion.

There
“Radiating Love” 4:42
“Soul Kissin'” 3:40
“Africa” 4:34
“She Likes the Beat” 3:04
“Just Wait and See” 3:04
“We Are Waiting” 4:25

Back
“Boys Go Crazy” 2:48
“Lil’ Cals Big Mistake” 3:45
“Sweet Dreams” 3:37
“Another Lousy Day in Paradise” 3:34
“Pay the Devil (Ooo, Baby, Ooo)” 4:13
“Art War” 4:13

Monday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1981 (Part 1)

January – Nearly a year after the suicide of Ian Curtis, the surviving members of Joy Division plus Gillian Gilbert, now under the name New Order, release their debut single “Ceremony”; the single and its B-side, “In a Lonely Place”, are both re-recordings of songs originally written and performed by Curtis. The single’s release marks the band’s first public use of the “New Order” moniker, which they would retain for the remainder of their career.
10 January – A revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadway’s Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith.
18 January – Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics is arrested in Milwaukee for simulating masturbation with a sledgehammer on stage. In a scuffle with the police Williams is pinned to the floor and receives a cut above the eye requiring twelve stitches.
24 January – Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is injured in a motorcycle crash that leaves him hospitalized for two months.
9 February – Phil Collins releases his first solo album, Face Value; while the album would end up a smash success, Collins would remain a member of Genesis until 1995.
12 February – Rush release the highly regarded album Moving Pictures which eventually becomes the band’s sixth platinum album.
14 February – Billy Idol leaves the band Generation X to begin a solo career.
14 March – Suffering from bleeding ulcers, Eric Clapton is admitted to United Hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. Clapton’s 60-city tour of the US is cancelled, and he remains in hospital for a month.
27 March – Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a dove at a CBS record label gathering in Los Angeles.[3]
1 April – The Go-Go’s sign to IRS Records.
4 April – British pop group Bucks Fizz wins the 26th Eurovision Song Contest, held at the RDS Simmonscourt Pavilion, Dublin, with the song “Making Your Mind Up”.
11 April – Van Halen’s lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen marries actress Valerie Bertinelli.
18 April – Yes announce that they are breaking up. (They would reunite frequently in years to come).
20 April – The Mamas & the Papas’ John Phillips is sentenced to five years in jail after pleading guilty to drug possession charges. Phillips’ sentence would be suspended after thirty days in exchange for 250 hours of community service.
22 April – Eric Clapton is taken to the hospital suffering from bruised ribs and a lacerated shin, following a car accident in Seattle, Washington.
27 April – Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach marry, in London, England.
2 May – British vocalist Sheena Easton hits No. 1 in the US with “Morning Train (9 to 5)” following a swift rise to fame as the result of a reality TV show.
14 May – Diana Ross signs with RCA Records (EMI internationally), leaving Motown Records, her label of two decades. The $20,000,000 deal is the most lucrative recording contract in history at that time.
15 May – A riot breaks out at The Ritz rock club in New York when Public Image Ltd plays behind a videoscreen while completely different music plays over the club’s speakers.
4 June – U2 appears on the Tomorrow show with Tom Snyder, their first U.S. television appearance.
5 June – The TV series Night Flight, a variety show featuring music documentaries and videos, is premiered on the USA Network.
6 June – Kerrang! magazine publishes its first issue. Angus Young of AC/DC is on the cover.
30 June – Jerry Lee Lewis is rushed to hospital in Memphis for emergency surgery for a tear in his stomach. Despite being given less than a 50% chance of survival, he eventually pulls through.
1 August
MTV broadcasts for the first time on cable television in the United States, playing music videos 24 hours a day. First to air is “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles.
the success of Stars On 45 leads to a short-lived medley craze. The most successful imitator of the Stars On 45 format is, rather unexpectedly, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra whose “Hooked On Classics (Parts 1&2)” reaches number two in the charts.
23 August – The Violent Femmes are discovered by members of The Pretenders busking outside a Milwaukee venue and are invited to play a 10-minute acoustic set as a second opening act in the Pretenders’ show that night.
11 September – Iron Maiden fires lead singer Paul Di’Anno.
19 September – Simon & Garfunkel perform a free reunion concert in New York City’s Central Park attended by over 500,000 fans.
25 September – The Rolling Stones open their US tour in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
26 September – Iron Maiden hires Samson lead singer Bruce Bruce AKA Bruce Dickinson to replace Paul Di’Anno, Dickinson will finish off the last 7 dates of the Killer World Tour.
26 October – Iron Maiden plays its first show with Bruce Dickinson as the new lead singer in Bologna, Italy.
27 October – The British Phonographic Industry takes out newspaper ads unveiling its new slogan: “Home Taping Is Killing Music”. The ads advocate a levy on blank cassette tapes.
31 October – Punk band Fear makes a memorable appearance on Saturday Night Live. A group of fans storm the stage and damage TV equipment while moshing, resulting in the show cutting to commercial.
18 November – While sitting in Tom’s Restaurant in New York City, Suzanne Vega composes the song “Tom’s Diner”.
18 December – An estimated 35 million people around the world watch a live satellite transmission of a Rod Stewart concert at the Los Angeles Forum. It is the first broadcast of its kind since Elvis Presley’s “Aloha from Hawaii” special in 1973.
31 December – The tenth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Four Tops, Rick Springfield, Barry Manilow, Alabama and Rick James.

Also in 1981
The organ at the famous Heinävesi Church in Finland is renewed, using locks from the original organ.
Alice Cooper drastically changes his appearance, leaving behind his trademark make-up and donning a military uniform.
Synthpop enjoys mainstream popularity in the UK, with groups such as Ultravox, Depeche Mode, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and The Human League releasing hit singles and albums.
Menudo’s golden era (1981–1985) begins in Latin America, parts of Europe and Asia.
Brad Whitford leaves Aerosmith and is replaced by Rick Dufay.
Hal Willner “invents” the modern tribute album with Amacord Nino Rota.

Thursday 6pm: RadioMax Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs

This week we feature the Top 40 Hits from November 7, 1981

Sunday 12pm: RadioMax Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs

Today we feature the Top 40 Hits from February 7, 1981.  Join Ron Kovacs Live at 12pm on RadioMaxMusic.

Saturday 10am: RadioMax Classic Countdown

This week we feature the Top 40 Hits from November 7, 1981

Feature LP: ELO – Time (1981)

Time is the ninth studio album by English rock band Electric Light Orchestra (credited as ELO). It was released in July 1981 by Jet Records in the United Kingdom and in August 1981 by Columbia Records in the United States. It topped the UK Albums Chart for two weeks. Time is a concept album written about a man from the 1980s who is taken to the year 2095, where he is confronted by the dichotomy between technological advancement and a longing for past romance.

As a work of synth-pop, Time combines elements from 1950s music, new wave, reggae, rockabilly, the Beatles, Phil Spector, and the Shadows. The album signaled a departure from the band’s sound by emphasizing electronics over its usual orchestra. It is also the band’s second concept album, the first being Eldorado in 1974. The music video created for its lead single “Hold On Tight” was the most expensive ever made to that point, with a budget of approximately £40,000. Four more singles followed the album’s release: “Twilight”, “Ticket to the Moon” (backed with “Here Is the News”), “Rain Is Falling”, and “The Way Life’s Meant to Be”. The record is noted for its cult following of retrofuturist enthusiasts. It is considered the first major concept album devoted to time travel as well as ELO’s most influential album. In 2001, a CD reissue included three additional tracks that were originally left off the LP.

For album contents click here from Wikipedia

Friday 7am: Top 50 Hits of 1981 with Ron Kovacs

t50-1981Top 50 Hits of 1981

Saturday 12pm: 80’s Countdown Show with Ron Kovacs

1981-1017This week on the 80’s Countdown Show we feature the Top 40 Hits from October 17, 1981 with Ron Kovacs Live 12pm ET on RadioMaxMusic.

Saturday 11am: 80’s Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs

1981t400711This week on the 80’s Classic Countdown its the Top 40 Hits from July 11, 1981 Live with Ron Kovacs, 11am ET on RadioMaxMusic.

Top 50 Hits of 1981 with Ron Kovacs 6pm ET

1981Join Ron Kovacs Live at 6pm ET for the Top 50 Hits of 1981.

Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs 12pm ET

1981This week on the Saturday edition of the Classic Countdown we feature the Top 40 Hits from July 11, 1981 live with Ron Kovacs on RadioMaxMusic.

RadioMax Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs 6pm ET

1981This week on the Classic Countdown, the Top 40 Hits of December 12, 1981.

Feature Year: 1981 – 9am 9pm ET @RadioMax

FeatureYearJanuary 10 – A revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadway’s Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith.
January 24 – Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is injured in a motorcycle crash that leaves him hospitalized for two months.
February 14 – Billy Idol leaves the band Generation X to begin a solo career.
March 14 – Suffering from bleeding ulcers, Eric Clapton is admitted to United Hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Clapton’s 60-city tour of the US is cancelled, and he remains in hospital for a month.
April 1 – The Go-Go’s sign to IRS Records.
April 4 – British pop group Bucks Fizz wins the 26th Eurovision Song Contest, held at the RDS Simmonscourt Pavilion, Dublin, with the song “Making Your Mind Up”.
April 11 – Van Halen’s lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen marries actress Valerie Bertinelli.
April 18 – Yes announce that they are breaking up. (They would reunite frequently in years to come).
April 20 – The Mamas & the Papas’ John Phillips is sentenced to five years in jail after pleading guilty to drug possession charges. Phillips’ sentence would be suspended after thirty days in exchange for 250 hours of community service.
April 22 – Eric Clapton is taken to the hospital suffering from bruised ribs and a lacerated shin, following a car accident in Seattle, Washington.
April 27 – Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach marry, in London, England.
May 2 – British vocalist Sheena Easton hits No. 1 in the US with “Morning Train (9 to 5)” following a swift rise to fame as the result of a reality TV show.
May 14 – Diana Ross signs with RCA Records (EMI internationally), leaving Motown Records, her label of two decades. The $20,000,000 deal is the most lucrative recording contract in history at that time.
March 14 — The final showing of Live From The Grand Ole Opry on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) occurs on this night. The show actually went beyond the televised segment, but the show was ended with a clip of Marty Robbins singing “El Paso” (a song he used to close out his Opry segment at midnight) from the year before. Because of cost over-runs and other technicalities, this was the final run for the annual show on PBS that featured the music of Tom T. Hall, Del Reeves, Hank Snow, Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl, and many other performers.
May 15 – A riot breaks out at The Ritz rock club in New York when Public Image Ltd plays behind a videoscreen while completely different music plays over the club’s speakers.
June 4 – U2 appears on the Tomorrow show with Tom Snyder, their first U.S. television appearance.
June 5 – The TV series Night Flight, a variety show featuring music documentaries and videos, premieres on the USA Network.
June 6 – Kerrang! magazine publishes its first issue. Angus Young of AC/DC is on the cover.
June 30 – Jerry Lee Lewis is rushed to hospital in Memphis for emergency surgery for a tear in his stomach. Despite being given less than a 50% chance of survival, he eventually pulls through.
August 1 – MTV debuts on cable television in the United States, playing music videos 24 hours a day.
August – the success of Stars On 45 leads to a short-lived medley craze. The most successful imitator of the Stars On 45 format is, rather unexpectedly, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra whose “Hooked On Classics (Parts 1&2)” reaches number two in the charts.
August 23 – The Violent Femmes are discovered by members of The Pretenders busking outside a Milwaukee venue and are invited to play a 10-minute acoustic set as a second opening act in the Pretenders’ show that night.
September 19 – Simon & Garfunkel perform a free reunion concert in New York City’s Central Park attended by over 500,000 fans.
September 25 – The Rolling Stones open their US tour in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
October 26 – Iron Maiden plays its first show with Bruce Dickinson as the new lead singer in Bologna, Italy.
October 28 – British Phonographic Industry chairman Chris Wright unveils the UK music industry’s new slogan: “Home Taping Is Killing Music“.
October 31 – Punk band Fear makes a memorable appearance on Saturday Night Live. A group of fans storm the stage and damage TV equipment while moshing, resulting in the show cutting to commercial.
November 18 – While sitting in Tom’s Restaurant in New York City, Suzanne Vega composes the song “Tom’s Diner”.
December 18 – An estimated 35 million people around the world watch a live satellite transmission of a Rod Stewart concert at the Los Angeles Forum. It is the first broadcast of its kind since Elvis Presley’s “Aloha from Hawaii” special in 1973.
December 31 – The tenth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Four Tops, Rick Springfield, Barry Manilow, Alabama and Rick James.

Also in 1981
The organ at the famous Heinävesi Church in Finland is renewed, using locks from the original organ.
Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a dove at a record label gathering.
Alice Cooper drastically changes his appearance, leaving behind his trademark make-up and donning a military uniform.
Synth pop enjoys mainstream popularity in the UK, with groups such as Ultravox, Depeche Mode, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and The Human League releasing hit singles and albums.
Menudo’s golden era (1981–1985) begins in Latin America, parts of Europe and Asia.
Brad Whitford leaves Aerosmith and is replaced by Rick Dufay.
Phil Collins releases his first solo album (but will not leave the band Genesis until 1995).
Hal Willner “invents” the modern tribute album with Amacord Nino Rota.
AC/DC’s album “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” is finally released in the United States.
Iron Maiden’s lead singer Paul Di’Anno leaves band due to heavy drinking, and is replaced by Bruce Dickinson.
Eric Carr joins Kiss on drums and makes his songwriting debut with “Under the Rose”.

 

Souce: Wikipedia