Feature Year: 1984 (9am & 9pm ET)

November 3, 2013
Editor In Chief

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.

 

Artist Countdown: Freddie Jackson Top 30 Hits 6pm ET @jacksonfreddy

October 7, 2013
Editor In Chief

freddie JacksonFrederick Anthony “Freddie” Jackson (born on October 2, 1956) is an American soul singer. He was an important figure in R&B during the 1980s and early 1990s.[citation needed] Among his well-known hits are “Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)“, “Jam Tonight“, “Do Me Again,” and “You Are My Lady“.

Jackson was trained as a gospel singer from an early age, singing at the White Rock Baptist Church. There he met Paul Laurence, who would later become his record producer and songwriting partner. After completing school, Jackson joined Laurence’s group LJE (Laurence-Jones Ensemble) and played the New York nightclub scene. During the early 1980s, Jackson moved to the West Coast and sang lead with the R&B band ‘Mystic Merlin’, but soon returned to New York to work with Laurence at the Hush Productions company. He sang on demo recordings of Laurence’s compositions, and also served as a backing singer for Melba Moore after she saw his nightclub act.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 You Are My Lady
2 Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)
3 He’ll Never Love You (Like I Do)
4 Have You Ever Loved Somebody
5 Jam Tonight
6 Tasty Love
7 Nice ‘N’ Slow
8 I Do (with Natalie Cole)
9 Crazy (For Me)
10 Me and Mrs. Jones
11 I Don’t Wanna Go
12 Make Love Easy
13 Love Me Down
14 A Little Bit More (with Melba Moore)
15 Hey Lover
16 Do Me Again
17 I Don’t Want to Lose Your Love
18 Main Course
19 I Could Use a Little Love (Right Now)
20 All Over You
21 You and I Got a Thang
22 Love Is Just a Touch Away
23 Rub Up Against You
24 Can I Touch You
25 Until the End of Time
26 Was It Something (featuring Shanice Wilson)
27 (I Want To) Thank You
28 More Than Friends
29 Look Around
30 Do You Wanna (featuring Shawn Waters)

Artist Countdown: The Jacksons Top 40 Hits 6pm ET @Jacksons

August 27, 2013
Editor In Chief

JacksonsThe Jackson 5 (also spelled The Jackson Five, sometimes stylized The Jackson 5ive), later known as The Jacksons, are an American popular music family group from Gary, Indiana. Founding group members Jackie Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson and Michael Jackson formed the group after performing in an early incarnation called The Jackson Brothers, which originally consisted of a trio of the three older brothers. Active from 1964 to 1990, the Jacksons played from a repertoire of R&B, soul, pop and (in the 1970s) disco. During their six-and-a-half-year Motown tenure, The Jackson 5 was one of the biggest pop-music acts of the 1970s, and the band served as the launching pad for the solo careers of their lead singers Jermaine and Michael, the latter brother later transforming his early Motown solo fame into greater success as an adult artist. The Jackson 5/The Jacksons have sold 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best selling artists of all time.

The Jackson 5 was one of few in recording history to have their first four major label singles (“I Want You Back”, “ABC”, “The Love You Save”, and “I’ll Be There”) reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Several later singles, among them “Mama’s Pearl“, “Never Can Say Goodbye” and “Dancing Machine”, were Top 5 pop hits and number-one hits on the R&B singles chart. Most of the early hits were written and produced by a specialized songwriting team known as “The Corporation”; later Jackson 5 hits were crafted chiefly by Hal Davis, while early Jacksons hits were compiled by the team of Gamble and Huff before The Jacksons began writing and producing themselves in the late 1970s.

Significantly, they were one of the first black teen idols to appeal equally to white audiences, thanks partially to the successful promotional relations skills of Motown Records CEO Berry Gordy. With their departure from Motown to CBS in 1976, The Jacksons were forced to change their name and Jermaine was replaced with younger brother Randy as Jermaine chose to stay at Motown. During these years, they continued to have a number of hits such as “Enjoy Yourself”, “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)“, “Show You the Way to Go”, and “Blame It on the Boogie”. After two years under the Philadelphia International Records label, they signed with Epic Records and asserted control of their songwriting, production, and image, and their success continued into the 1980s with hits such as “Can You Feel It”, “This Place Hotel“, “Lovely One”, and “State of Shock”. Their 1989 album 2300 Jackson Street was recorded without Michael and Marlon, although they did appear on the title track. The disappointing sales of the album led to the group being dropped by their record label at the end of the year. The group has never formally broken up, but has been dormant since then, although all six brothers performed together at two Michael Jackson tribute concerts in September 2001. After Michael’s death in June 2009, the group announced a 2012 reunion tour, The Unity Tour, although Randy did not take part. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 I Want You Back
2 I’ll Be There
3 Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)
4 ABC
5 State of Shock (with Mick Jagger)
6 Blame It on the Boogie
7 Show You the Way to Go
8 Can You Feel It
9 Lovely One
10 The Love You Save
11 Torture
12 Hallelujah Day
13 Goin’ Places
14 Never Can Say Goodbye
15 Mama’s Pearl
16 Lookin’ Through the Windows
17 Walk Right Now
18 Enjoy Yourself
19 Dancing Machine
20 Little Bitty Pretty One
21 Heartbreak Hotel
22 Nothin’ (That Compares 2 U)
23 Sugar Daddy
24 I Am Love
25 Maybe Tomorrow
26 Corner of the Sky
27 Get It Together
28 Whatever You Got I Want
29 Forever Came Today
30 Body
31 Doctor My Eyes
32 2300 Jackson Street 
33 Skywriter
34 Dreamer
35 Even Though You’re Gone
36 Find Me a Girl
37 Destiny
38 All I Do Is Think of You
39 The Boogie Man
40 Time Out for the Burglar

Michael Jackson Hits – 9:30pm ET

June 25, 2013
Editor In Chief

Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American recording artist, entertainer and businessman. Often referred to as the King of Pop, or by his initials MJ, Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His unparalleled contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with a much-publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. The eighth child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1964, and began his solo career in 1971.

In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for his songs, including those of “Beat It”, “Billie Jean”, and “Thriller”, were credited with breaking down racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. The popularity of these videos helped to bring the then relatively new television channel MTV to fame. With videos such as “Black or White” and “Scream” he continued to innovate the medium throughout the 1990s, as well as forging a reputation as a touring solo artist. Through stage and video performances, Jackson popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the robot, and the moonwalk, to which he gave the name. His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop, post-disco, contemporary R&B, pop and rock artists.

Jackson’s 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time. His other records, including Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), also rank among the world’s best-selling. Jackson is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. He was also inducted into the Dance Hall of Fame as the first and only dancer from pop and rock music. Some of his other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records; 13 Grammy Awards as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; 26 American Music Awards, more than any other artist, including the “Artist of the Century” and “Artist of the 1980s”; 13 number-one singles in the United States in his solo career, more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era; and the estimated sale of over 750 million records worldwide. Jackson won hundreds of awards, which made him the most-awarded recording artist in the history of popular music.

He was also one of the world’s most prominent humanitarians and philanthropists; personally, and through his Heal the World Foundation, he donated more than $300 million in charity, holds the Guinness World Record for having supported the most charities out of any pop star, and echoed these themes throughout some of his notable songs.  Ctsy Wikipedia

1 Black or White
2 Billie Jean
3 Bad
4 You Are Not Alone
5 I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (with Siedah Garrett)
6 Say Say Say (with Paul McCartney)
7 Beat It
8 Scream (with Janet Jackson)
9 You Rock My World
10 Thriller
11 Remember the Time
12 Somebody’s Watching Me (with Rockwell and Jermaine Jackson)
13 Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough
14 Blood on the Dance Floor
15 Heal the World
16 Dirty Diana
17 In the Closet
18 Who Is It
19 Hold My Hand (with Akon)
20 Earth Song
21 They Don’t Care About Us
22 The Way You Make Me Feel
23 Childhood
24 Man in the Mirror
25 Jam
26 Smooth Criminal
27 Leave Me Alone
28 Stranger in Moscow
29 Give In to Me
30 Will You Be There
31 Another Part of Me
32 The Girl Is Mine (with Paul McCartney)
33 Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
34 HIStory
35 Rock with You
36 Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ 2008 (with Akon)
37 Off the Wall
38 One More Chance
39 Ben
40 Muscles (with Diana Ross)
41 Human Nature
42 Cry
43 The Girl Is Mine 2008 (with will.i.am)
44 P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
45 Liberian Girl
46 She’s Out of My Life
47 Rockin’ Robin
48 Gone Too Soon
49 One Day in Your Life
50 Got to Be There
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