Tag: 1984

Thursday 10/15/2020 6pm ET: Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs

Thursday 6pm ET: Classic Countdown Live with Ron Kovacs

This week we feature the 80’s Countdown Show and The Top 40 hits from January 14, 1984 with Ron Kovacs.

Saturday 3pm: Max 20th Century – 1984 (Part 5)

July 1 – During his performance at the first ever Cornerstone Festival in Grayslake, Illinois, Steve Taylor jumps off the stage, breaking his ankle. Taylor hops back on stage and finishes his show. The next few shows on Taylor’s tour were performed from a wheel chair.
July 10 – The last original member of Menudo, Ricky Meléndez, leaves the group and is replaced by Ricky Martin. Meanwhile, Menudomania reaches Asia in 1984.
July 14
Eddie Van Halen makes a special guest appearance at a concert by The Jacksons in Dallas, Texas, playing the guitar solo for “Beat It” live.
Selena y los Dinos release their first album Mis Primeras Grabaciones.
August 9 – Iron Maiden kicks off the World Slavery Tour in Warsaw, Poland, with shows in Hungary and Yugoslavia soon to follow. This marks the first time a Western band has ever brought a full concert production behind the Iron Curtain.
August 10 – Red Hot Chili Peppers release their debut album The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
August 25 – Kathleen Battle makes her solo recital debut at the Salzburg Festival.
August 31 – Canadian music video channel MuchMusic begins broadcasting. The first video played is Rush’s “The Enemy Within”.
September 2 – Van Halen concludes its 1984 world tour with a show in Nuremberg, Germany as part of the Monsters of Rock festival tour. This would be the band’s last concert with David Lee Roth as lead singer until 2007.
September 7 – Janet Jackson elopes with fellow singer James DeBarge. The marriage would be annulled in 1985.
September 11 – Country singer Barbara Mandrell suffers serious injuries in a head-on automobile collision on a Tennessee highway. She will make a comeback after spending over a year rehabilitating.
September 14 – The first annual MTV Video Music Awards are held in New York City. Herbie Hancock wins the most awards with five, and The Cars take the highest prize of Video Of The Year for “You Might Think”. Much attention is garnered by Madonna’s controversial performance of her hit single “Like a Virgin” in which she rolls around on the stage, revealing lacy stockings and garters, and grinds her crotch against her veil.
September 21 – The first compact disc manufacturing plant in North America opens in Terre Haute, Indiana. CDs have previously had to be expensively imported from Japan or West Germany. Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. is designated as the first CD ever made in the United States.
October 1 – The Canadian music video series Video Hits premieres on CBC Television.
October 23 – A report on the Ethiopian famine by BBC journalist Michael Buerk is broadcast in the UK and receives an unprecedented public response. Among those watching is Bob Geldof, who is inspired to release a charity record to raise money to help with famine relief.
October 26 – Turner Broadcasting System launches Cable Music Channel, a music video channel intended to compete directly with MTV. The first video played is “I Love L.A.” by Randy Newman. The channel would only last 34 days.
November 5 – Bryan Adams releases his breakout album called Reckless, spawning multiple hit singles, achieving diamond certification in Canada and topping the charts in the United States.
November 20 – Michael Jackson receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame directly in front of Mann’s Chinese Theater. Jackson leaves after only three minutes at the request of security, as the crush of 5,000 onlookers becomes a safety concern.
November 25 – The Band Aid single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is recorded at SARM Studios in Notting Hill, London, by a gathering of performers that includes Paul Young, Simon Le Bon, Bono, Phil Collins, Paul Weller, Sting, Boy George and Tony Hadley.
November 28 – The Bring Me Sunshine charity concert at the London Palladium, in memory of Eric Morecambe, includes musical performances by Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen, Des O’Connor and Ernie Wise.
December – Tipper Gore forms the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) in response to the “filth” she hears on her daughter’s copy of Prince’s Purple Rain.
December 1 – Frankie Goes to Hollywood become the first act to take their first three singles to the UK #1 position since Gerry & The Pacemakers in 1963, when “The Power of Love” tops the chart.
December 3 – Bob Geldof and Band Aid release the single “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, which becomes the fastest- selling single of all time in the UK.
December 8
Mötley Crüe member Vince Neil is involved in a serious car accident. He is drunk at the time, and Razzle (Nicholas Dingley) of Hanoi Rocks is killed in the accident.
Cyndi Lauper, with the fourth single from her 1983 debut She’s So Unusual, “All Through the Night”, becomes the first woman in the 26-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have four singles from one album in the top five.[1]
December 9 – The Jacksons conclude their Victory Tour with the last of six concerts at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. At the end of their final show, lead singer Michael Jackson surprises not only his fans, but also his band members with the announcement that he would be permanently leaving the Jacksons, stating that this would be the last time that they all performed together. The tour, which consisted of 55 shows over five months, has reportedly grossed $75 million, a new industry record. As for the Jacksons, they would release one more album in 1989 before splitting up, occasionally regrouping in the years afterward for reunion performances with and without Michael.
December 11 – While on tour, Bucks Fizz’s tour bus crashes. All members of the group are injured and member Mike Nolan suffers brain damage after falling into a coma.
December 13 – George Harrison makes a rare public appearance, joining Deep Purple on stage in Sydney, Australia for their encore rendition of “Lucille”.
December 31
Def Leppard’s drummer Rick Allen loses his left arm in a car wreck.
The thirteenth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Jermaine Jackson, Ronnie Milsap, Night Ranger, Scandal, John Waite and Barry Manilow.
UK singles sales this year are the second highest ever, after 1978.

Monday 6pm: Max 20th Century – 1984 (Part 1)

January 11 – BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read announces on air that he will not play the single “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood because of its suggestive lyrics. The BBC places a total ban on the record at about the same time.
January 17 – The SING BLUE SILVER tour continues on to Japan and North America as Duran Duran becomes the first act to utilize live video cameras and screens in their show. They break every existing merchandise record during this tour.
January 21 – “Relax” reaches number one in the UK singles chart, despite the BBC ban; it will spend a total of 42 weeks in the Top 40.
January 27 – Michael Jackson’s scalp is burned during the filming of a Pepsi commercial and he is admitted to hospital. Around this time, Jackson also releases the title track from his album Thriller as the LP’s final single.
February 14
Elton John marries studio engineer Renate Blauel.
Joe Perry and Brad Whitford attend an Aerosmith concert and re-join the band, which embarks on a reunion tour “Back In The Saddle” later in the year.
February 16 – Jerry Lee Lewis surrenders to federal authorities on charges of income tax evasion. Lewis is later acquitted.
February 28 – Recovering from the scalp burns sustained a month earlier, Michael Jackson wins eight Grammy Awards out of twelve nominations, breaking the record for the most Grammys won in a single year. He wins seven for the album Thriller and one for his work on the audiobook for the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
February 29 – German industrial band KMFDM is founded, and holds its first performance at the Grand Palais in Paris, France.
March 1
Sting plays his last concerts with The Police at the end of the Synchronicity tour; the band takes a “pause” after the tour and only play a few special events together after this, until 2007, when they would organize a reunion tour.
Alice Cooper, who has not toured for his last two albums, parts ways with his longtime label Warner Bros. and goes on hiatus from the music industry. Cooper begins mulling over plans for a comeback, which he would carry out in 1986.

April 1
New York rock and roll magazine Trouser Press folds after a decade, publishing its 96th and final issue.
In Los Angeles, Marvin Gaye is shot and killed during an argument with his father.
May 1 – Mick Fleetwood, of Fleetwood Mac, files for bankruptcy in the United States.
May 2 – Lionel Richie’s hit “Hello” becomes Motown’s first ever UK million-selling single.
May 5
The Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde marries Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr.
In Luxembourg, the Eurovision Song Contest 1984 is won by the Swedish entry, “Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley”, performed by the Herreys.
June 8 – Billy Joel performs at Wembley Arena; the concert is later broadcast on BBC Television in two parts.
June 16 – Frankie Goes to Hollywood begin a nine-week stay at the top of the UK singles chart with “Two Tribes”.
June 18 – At the climax of a Judas Priest concert at Madison Square Garden, fans begin ripping out the cushions from the seats and throwing them on stage. Judas Priest pay damages through insurance and are banned from Madison Square Garden for life over the incident.
June 25 – Prince releases his sixth album Purple Rain; the album sells over 20 million copies and gives Prince two US number one singles with “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy”.

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

Thursday 6pm: Top 50 Country Hits of 1984 with Ron Kovacs

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

1984-1215This week we count down the Top 40 Hits from December 15, 1984 live with Ron Kovacs, 12pm ET on RadioMaxMusic.

Saturday 12pm: Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs

t4019840721Encore 80’s Classic Countdown featuring the Top 40 Hits from July 21, 1984 with Ron Kovacs

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

top401981-0915Join Ron Kovacs 11am ET for the 80’s Countdown Show.  This week we count down the Top 40 Hits from September 15, 1984 Live on RadioMaxMusic and The 80’s Music Station at radio257.uk.

Sunday 3pm: Top 50 Hits of 1984 with Ron Kovacs

1984Join Ron Kovacs for the Top 50 Hits of 1984

RadioMax 80s Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs 12pm ET

5-12-84Join Ron Kovacs with the ALL new 80s Classic Countdown program.  Heard every Saturday 12pm ET featuring a different week from the 80s.  This week we feature the Top 40 Hits from May 12, 1984.

RadioMax Classic Countdown: August 18, 1984 with Ron Kovacs 6pm ET

1984This week on the RadioMax Classic Countdown its the Top 40 Hits and NEW hits from August 18, 1984.  Live on RadioMaxMusic with Ron Kovacs 6pm ET

 

Feature Year: 1984 (9am & 9pm ET)

1984January 11 – BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read announces on air that he will not play the single “Relax” by Frankie Goes to Hollywood because of its suggestive lyrics. The BBC places a total ban on the record at about the same time.
January 21 – “Relax” reaches number one in the UK singles chart, despite the BBC ban; it will spend a total of 42 weeks in the Top 40.
January 27 – Michael Jackson’s scalp is burned during the filming of a Pepsi commercial and he is admitted to hospital. Around this time, Jackson also releases the title track from his Thriller album as the LP’s final single.
February 14 – Elton John marries studio engineer Renate Blauel. Joe Perry and Brad Whitford attend an Aerosmith concert and re-join the band, which embarks on a reunion tour “Back In The Saddle” later in the year.
February 16 – Jerry Lee Lewis surrenders to federal authorities on charges of income tax evasion. Lewis is later acquitted.
February 28 – Recovering from the scalp burns sustained a month earlier, Michael Jackson wins eight Grammy Awards out of twelve nominations, breaking the record for the most Grammys won in a single year. He wins seven for the critically acclaimed album Thriller and the other for his work on the audiobook for the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
February 29 – German industrial band KMFDM is founded, and holds its first performance at the Grand Palais in Paris, France.
March 1 – Sting plays his last concerts with The Police at the end of the Synchronicity tour; the band takes a “pause” after the tour and only play a few special events together after this, until 2007, when they would organize a reunion tour.
March – Alice Cooper, who has not toured for his last two albums, parts ways with his longtime label Warner Bros. and goes on hiatus from the music industry. Cooper begins mulling over plans for a comeback, which he would carry out in 1986.
April – New York rock and roll magazine Trouser Press folds after a decade, publishing its 96th and final issue.
April 1 – In Los Angeles, Marvin Gaye is shot and killed during an argument with his father.
May 1 – Mick Fleetwood, of Fleetwood Mac, files for bankruptcy in the United States.
May 2 – Lionel Richie’s hit “Hello” becomes Motown’s first ever UK million-selling single.
May 5 – The Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde marries Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr. In Luxembourg, the Eurovision Song Contest 1984 is won by the Swedish entry, “Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley”, performed by the Herreys.
June 8 – Billy Joel performs at Wembley Arena; the concert is later broadcast on BBC Television in two parts.
June 16 – Frankie Goes to Hollywood begin a nine-week stay at the top of the UK singles chart with “Two Tribes”.
June 18 – At the climax of a Judas Priest concert at Madison Square Garden, fans begin ripping out the cushions from the seats and throwing them on stage. Judas Priest pay damages through insurance and are banned from Madison Square Garden for life over the incident.
June 25 – Prince releases his sixth album Purple Rain; the album sells over 20 million copies and gives Prince two US number one singles with “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy”.
July 1 – During his performance at the first ever Cornerstone Festival in Grayslake, Illinois, Steve Taylor jumps off the stage, breaking his ankle. Taylor hops back on stage and finishes his show. The next few shows on Taylor’s tour were performed from a wheel chair.
July 10 – The last original member of Menudo, Ricky Meléndez, leaves the group and is replaced by Ricky Martin. Meanwhile, Menudomania reaches Asia in 1984.
July 14 – Eddie Van Halen makes a special guest appearance at a concert by The Jacksons in Dallas, Texas, playing the guitar solo for “Beat It” live. Selena y los Dinos release their first album Mis Primeras Grabaciones.
August 9 – Iron Maiden kicks off the World Slavery Tour in Warsaw, Poland, with shows in Hungary and Yugoslavia soon to follow. This marks the first time a Western band has ever brought a full concert production behind the Iron Curtain.
August 10 – Red Hot Chili Peppers release their debut album The Red Hot Chili Peppers.
August 25 – Kathleen Battle makes her solo recital debut at the Salzburg Festival.
August 31 – Canadian music video channel MuchMusic begins broadcasting. The first video played is Rush’s “The Enemy Within”.
September 2 – Van Halen concludes its 1984 world tour with a show in Nuremberg, Germany as part of the Monsters of Rock festival tour. This would be the band’s last concert with David Lee Roth as lead singer until 2007.
September 7 – Janet Jackson elopes with fellow singer James DeBarge. The marriage would be annulled in 1985.
September 11 – Country singer Barbara Mandrell suffers serious injuries in a head-on automobile collision on a Tennessee highway. She will make a comeback after spending over a year rehabilitating.
September 14 – The first annual MTV Video Music Awards are held in New York City. Herbie Hancock wins the most awards with five, and The Cars take the highest prize of Video Of The Year for “You Might Think”. Much attention is garnered by Madonna’s controversial performance of her hit single “Like a Virgin” in which she rolls around on the stage, revealing lacy stockings and garters, and grinds her crotch against her veil.
September 21 – The first compact disc manufacturing plant in North America opens in Terre Haute, Indiana. CDs have previously had to be expensively imported from Japan or West Germany. Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. is designated as the first CD ever made in the United States.
October 1 – The Canadian music video series Video Hits premieres on CBC Television.
October 23 – A report on the Ethiopian famine by BBC journalist Michael Buerk is broadcast in the UK and receives an unprecedented public response. Among those watching is Bob Geldof, who is inspired to release a charity record to raise money to help with famine relief.
October 26 – Turner Broadcasting System launches Cable Music Channel, a music video channel intended to compete directly with MTV. The first video played is “I Love L.A.” by Randy Newman. The channel would only last 34 days.
November 20 – Michael Jackson receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame directly in front of Mann’s Chinese Theater. Jackson leaves after only three minutes at the request of security, as the crush of 5,000 onlookers becomes a safety concern.
November 25 – The Band Aid single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is recorded at SARM Studios in Notting Hill, London, by a gathering of performers that includes Paul Young, Simon Le Bon, Bono, Phil Collins, Paul Weller, Sting, Boy George and Tony Hadley.
November 28 – The Bring Me Sunshine charity concert at the London Palladium, in memory of Eric Morecambe, includes musical performances by Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen, Des O’Connor and Ernie Wise.
December – Tipper Gore forms the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) in response to the “filth” she hears on her daughter’s Prince album Purple Rain.
December 1 – Frankie Goes to Hollywood become the first act to take their first three singles to the UK #1 position since Gerry & The Pacemakers in 1963, when “The Power of Love” tops the chart.
December 3 – Bob Geldof and Band Aid release the single “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, which becomes the fastest- selling single of all time in the UK.
December 8 – Mötley Crüe member Vince Neil is involved in a serious car accident. He is drunk at the time, and Razzle (Nicholas Dingley) of Hanoi Rocks is killed in the accident.
December 8 – Cyndi Lauper with fourth single from She’s So Unusual, “All Through the Night”, becoming the first woman in the 26-year history of Billboard Hot 100 to have four singles in the top five from the one album.
December 9 – The Jacksons conclude their Victory Tour with the last of six concerts at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The tour, which consisted of 55 shows over five months, has reportedly grossed $75 million, a new industry record.
December 11 – While on tour, Bucks Fizz’s tour bus crashes. All members of the group are injured and member Mike Nolan suffers brain damage after falling into a coma.
December 13 – George Harrison makes a rare public appearance, joining Deep Purple on stage in Sydney, Australia for their encore rendition of “Lucille”.
December 31 – Def Leppard’s drummer Rick Allen loses his left arm in a car wreck. The thirteenth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Jermaine Jackson, Ronnie Milsap, Night Ranger, Scandal, John Waite and Barry Manilow. UK singles sales this year are the second highest ever, after 1978.

 

Time Sweep with Dominic Forbes 12pm ET @radiomax @softrockjock #timesweep

time-fliesThis week on Time Sweep with Dominic Forbes

  • California Tunes
  • Hero Tunes
  • Look at 1970 Tunes
  • Review of Tom Petty
  • Teacher Tunes
  • This Week In Rock History
  • Story Behind Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way”
  • Look at 1984 Rock

 

Feature Year: 1984 6pm ET

This edition of Feature Year looks at the hits and music of 1984.

January 1 – US Bell System is broken up.
January 1 – Alexis Korner, British blues musician and broadcaster (b. 1928) Died
January 13 – Nathaniel Motte, American songwriter, performer, singer, music producer, film composer, instrumentalist, and playwright (3OH!3)
January 21 – Jackie Wilson, American singer (b. 1934) Died
January 24 – The Apple Macintosh is introduced.
January 30 – Kid Cudi, American hip hop artist
January 30 – Luke Kelly, Irish folk singer (b. 1940) Died
February 11 – Aubrey O’Day, American singer and actress
March 7 – Brandon T. Jackson, American stand-up comedian, actor and rapper
March 25 – March 25 – Katharine McPhee, American Idol finalist
March 30 – Anna Nalick, American singer
April 1 – Marvin Gaye, American singer (b. 1939) Murdered
April 10 – Mandy Moore, American singer and actress
April 15 – British comedian Tommy Cooper suffers a massive heart attack and dies while live on TV.
April 22 – Amelle Berrabah, British singer (Sugababes)
April 24 – Tyson Ritter, American singer/songwriter (The All-American Rejects)
April 26 – Count Basie, American musician and composer (b. 1904) Died
April 27 – Patrick Stump, American singer (Fall Out Boy)
May 4 – Little Boots, English pop singer
May 16 – Andy Kaufman, American comedian (b. 1949) Died
May 20 – Naturi Naughton, American singer and actress
June 15 – Meredith Willson, American composer (b. 1902) Died
June 17 – John Gallagher Jr., American actor, singer and dancer
June 23 – Duffy, Welsh singer
June 30 – Fantasia Barrino, American singer
July 4 – Jimmie Spheeris, American singer-songwriter (b. 1949) Died
July 6 – Lauren Harris, English singer
July 6 – D. Woods, American R&B singer, dancer, and actress
July 14 – Philippe Wynne, American musician (b. 1941) Died
July 19 – Harry Stockwell, American actor and singer (b. 1902) Died
July 24 – Armando Morales Barillas, Nicaraguan guitarist (b. 1936) Died
July 25 – Big Mama Thornton, American singer (b. 1926) Died
July 29 – Fred Waring, American bandleader (b. 1900) Died
August 3 – Carah Faye Charnow, American singer for the band Shiny Toy Guns
August 13 – James Morrison, English singer/songwriter and guitarist
August 21 – Melissa Schuman, American singer and actress
September 3 – Arthur Schwartz, American composer (b. 1900) Died
September 6 – Ernest Tubb, American singer (b. 1914) Died
September 12 – September, Swedish singer and songwriter
September 16 – Sabrina Bryan, American actress and singer
September 20 – Steve Goodman, American folk musician and songwriter (b. 1948) Died
September 26 – Keisha Buchanan, British singer (Sugababes)
September 27 – Avril Lavigne, Canadian singer
September 28 – Melody Thornton, American singer (Pussycat Dolls)
October 3 – Ashlee Simpson, American singer and actress
October 6 – Joanna Pacitti, American singer
October 24 – Walter Woolf King, American singer and actor (b. 1899) Died
October 25 – Katy Perry, American singer and actress
October 27 – Kelly Osbourne, English singer
November 16 – Vic Dickenson, American trombonist (b. 1906) Died
November 16 – Leonard Rose, American cellist (leukemia) (b. 1918) Died
November 24 – Trey Songz, American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer and actor
December 15 – Jan Peerce, American tenor (b. 1904) Died
December 16 – Laura More (Muncey), British singer
December 22 – Four African-American youths (Barry Allen, Troy Canty, James Ramseur, and Darrell Cabey) board an express train in The Bronx borough of New York City. They attempt to rob Bernhard Goetz, who shoots them. The event starts a national debate about urban crime in the United States.
December 23 – Alison Sudol, American singer/songwriter and pianist known professionally as A Fine Frenzy
December 29 – Leo Robin, American composer (b. 1900) Died
Summer 1984 – Crack, a smokeable form of cocaine, is first introduced into the Los Angeles area and soon spreads across the United States in what becomes known as the Crack Epidemic.