Tag: Ozzy Osbourne

Tuesday, May 16, 2023 10pm ET: Feature LP: Ozzy Osbourne – Ozzmosis (1995)

Ozzmosis is the seventh studio album by English heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. Recorded in Paris and New York with producer Michael Beinhorn, it was released on October 23, 1995 by Epic Records. The album reached number 22 on the UK Albums Chart and number four on the US Billboard 200. “Perry Mason”, “See You on the Other Side” and “I Just Want You” were released as singles.

After the release of his sixth album No More Tears in 1991, Osbourne announced that he would retire from music. However, he returned with Ozzmosis in 1995, which featured long-time guitarist Zakk Wylde as well as former Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Deen Castronovo. Producer Michael Beinhorn played most of the keyboards on the album, while Rick Wakeman played the Mellotron on the songs Perry Mason and I Just Want You. Osbourne later appeared as a guest vocalist on Wakeman’s 1999 album Return to the Centre of the Earth.

Ozzmosis received mixed reviews from critics. It was one of many Osbourne albums remastered and reissued in 2002. The reissue featured bonus tracks “Whole World’s Fallin’ Down” and “Aimee”, originally released as B-sides to “Perry Mason” and “See You on the Other Side”, respectively. The album has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold over 3 million copies.

  1. “Perry Mason” 5:53
  2. “I Just Want You” 4:53
  3. “Ghost Behind My Eyes” 5:11
  4. “Thunder Underground” 6:30
  5. “See You on the Other Side” 6:10
  6. “Tomorrow” 6:37
  7. “Denial” 5:12
  8. “My Little Man” 4:52
  9. “My Jekyll Doesn’t Hide” 6:34
  10. “Old L.A. Tonight” 4:50

Ozzy Osbourne – vocals
Zakk Wylde – electric guitar
Geezer Butler – bass
Deen Castronovo – drums
Rick Wakeman – Mellotron on “Perry Mason” and “I Just Want You”
Michael Beinhorn – production, keyboards

Friday, April 28, 2023 12pm ET: The Rock Show

Rock Show featuring Green Day, Ozzy Osbourne, Sammy Hagar, Bad Company, XTC, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Scorpions, Billy Gibbons, Soul Asylum, Genesis, Rolling Stones and many more.

Wednesday 1/4/23 11pm ET: Feature LP: Ozzy Osbourne – Ordinary Man (2020)

Ordinary Man is the twelfth solo studio album by English heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on February 21, 2020 through Epic Records. It was produced by Andrew Watt and Louis Bell. The album marks the first time that Osbourne collaborated with Watt and Bell. It also marks the longest gap between two albums from Osbourne to date, spanning almost ten years since Scream. The first single of the album, “Under the Graveyard”, was released on November 8, 2019. The second single, “Straight to Hell”, was released on November 22, 2019. The third single and title track featuring singer Elton John was released on January 10, 2020. The fourth single “It’s a Raid” featuring Post Malone was released on February 20, 2020, a day before the release of the album.

The album received mainly positive reviews, with many considering it Osbourne’s best album in years and favorably comparing it to both his early solo work and Black Sabbath.

  1. “Straight to Hell” 3:45
  2. “All My Life” 4:18
  3. “Goodbye” 5:34
  4. “Ordinary Man” (featuring Elton John) 5:01
  5. “Under the Graveyard” 4:57
  6. “Eat Me” 4:19
  7. “Today Is the End” 4:06
  8. “Scary Little Green Men” 4:20
  9. “Holy for Tonight” 4:52
  10. “It’s a Raid” (featuring Post Malone) 4:20
  11. “Take What You Want” (Post Malone featuring Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott) 3:49

Ozzy Osbourne – lead vocals, harmonica (tracks 6, 12), composition
Andrew Watt – vocals, guitars, keyboards (tracks 2, 4-10), piano (track 4), bass (track 7), programming, production, composition, instrumentation, string arrangements, choir arrangement, back cover photography
Louis Bell – keyboards (track 10), production, engineering, programming, composition, instrumentation, vocal production
Duff McKagan – bass (tracks 1-4, 6, 8-10), composition
Chad Smith – drums, percussion (tracks 1-11), composition
Slash – guitar (tracks 1, 4)
Tom Morello – guitar (tracks 8, 10)
Charlie Puth – keyboards (tracks 1, 2, 5, 9)[27]
Elton John – piano and co-lead vocals (track 4)
Post Malone – co-lead vocals (tracks 10, 11), composition
Travis Scott – vocals (track 11), composition
Kelly Osbourne – background vocals (track 6)
Michael Dore – bass
Nicholas Garrett – bass
Peter Snipp – bass
Richard Pryce – double bass
Stacey Watton – double bass
Charlie Schein – guitar
Happy Perez – keyboards (tracks 5, 8), additional production, instrumentation, programming
Ali Tamposi – vocals, composition
Billy Walsh – composition
Holly Laessig – background vocals
Jess Wolfe – background vocals
John Bowen – tenor vocals
Christopher Hann – tenor vocals
Gareth Treseder – tenor vocals
Hannah Cooke – alto
Jo Marshall – alto
Amy Lyddon – alto
Clara Sanabras – alto
Sara Davey – soprano
Grace Davidson – soprano
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange – soprano
Lizzie Ball – violin
Perry Montague-Mason – violin, strings
Mark Berrow – violin
John Bradbury – violin
Jackie Hartley – violin
Patrick Kiernan – violin
Boguslav Kostecki – violin
Gaby Lester – violin
Dorina Markoff – violin
Steve Morris – violin
Everton Nelson – violin
Tom Pigott-Smith – violin
Christopher Tombling – violin
Deborah Widdup – violin
Susan Dench – viola, vocals
Julia Knight – viola, vocals
Peter Lale – viola, vocals
Andy Parker – viola, vocals
Ian Burdge – viola, cello
Nick Cooper – viola, cello
Vicky Matthews – viola, cello
Chris Worsey – viola, cello

Wednesday 9/14/22 8pm ET: Feature LP: Ozzy Osbourne – Patient Number 9 (2022)

Patient Number 9 is the thirteenth studio album by English heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on September 9, 2022 through Epic Records and was produced by Andrew Watt.

  1. “Patient Number 9” (featuring Jeff Beck) 7:21
  2. “Immortal” (featuring Mike McCready) 3:03
  3. “Parasite” (featuring Zakk Wylde) 4:05
  4. “No Escape from Now” (featuring Tony Iommi) 6:46
  5. “One of Those Days” (featuring Eric Clapton) 4:40
  6. “A Thousand Shades” (featuring Jeff Beck) 4:26
  7. “Mr. Darkness” (featuring Zakk Wylde) 5:35
  8. “Nothing Feels Right” (featuring Zakk Wylde) 5:35
  9. “Evil Shuffle” (featuring Zakk Wylde) 4:10
  10. “Degradation Rules” (featuring Tony Iommi) 4:10
  11. “Dead and Gone” 4:32
  12. “God Only Knows” 5:00
  13. “Darkside Blues” 1:47

Ozzy Osbourne – lead vocals, harmonica
Zakk Wylde – guitar (tracks 3, 7-9)
Jeff Beck – guitar (tracks 1, 6)
Tony Iommi – guitar (tracks 4, 10)
Mike McCready – guitar (track 2)
Eric Clapton – guitar (track 5)
Josh Homme – guitar[23][24]
Dave Navarro – guitar (track 12)[25]
Robert Trujillo – bass
Duff McKagan – bass
Chris Chaney – bass
Chad Smith – drums
Taylor Hawkins – drums

Friday 7/15/22 1am ET: Live Track Show


Kenny Loggins, Supertramp, Dave Matthews Band, Elton John, Kelly Clarkson, Honeydrippers, Bon Jovi, Sha Na Na, Chuck Berry, Disturbed Featuring Myles Kennedy, UFO, Doors, Rolling Stones, Los Lonely boys with Ronnie Milsap, Bonnie Raitt, Metallica with the San Francisco Symphony, Van Morrison, Duran Duran, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton, Grand Funk, Scorpions

Wednesday 7/13/22 1am ET: Live Track Show


Paul McCartney & Wings, Jethro Tull, Bon Jovi, Al Stewart, John Fogerty, Foreigner, Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Neil Young, Ozzy Osbourne, Queen, Rolling Stones, Mavis Staples, Journey, Robert Plant, Joe Cocker, Sly & The Family Stone, Nick Lowe, Nils Lofgren, Eagles, Def Leppard

Thursday 4/28/22 8pm ET: Feature LP: Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard of Ozz (1981)

Blizzard of Ozz is the debut studio album by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, released March 27 in the US. The album was Osbourne’s first release following his firing from Black Sabbath in 1979. Blizzard of Ozz is the first of two studio albums Osbourne recorded with guitarist Randy Rhoads prior to Rhoads’ death in 1982. In 2017, it was ranked 9th on Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time”

  1. “I Don’t Know” 5:16
  2. “Crazy Train” 4:52
  3. “Goodbye to Romance” 5:36
  4. “Dee” 0:50
  5. “Suicide Solution” 4:20
  6. “Mr. Crowley” 4:57
  7. “No Bone Movies” 3:58
  8. “Revelation (Mother Earth)” 6:09
  9. “Steal Away (The Night)” 3:28
  10. “You Lookin’ at Me Lookin’ at You” 4:20
  11. “You Looking at Me, Looking at You” 4:15
  12. “Goodbye to Romance” 5:42
  13. “RR” 1:13

Ozzy Osbourne – lead vocals, harmony vocals
Randy Rhoads – electric and classical guitars
Bob Daisley – bass, backing vocals, gongs
Lee Kerslake – drums, percussion, tubular bells, timpani
Don Airey – keyboards
Robert Trujillo – bass
Mike Bordin – drums, percussion, timpani, gongs
Danny Saber – tubular bells
Mark Lennon – backing vocals
John Shanks – backing vocals on “Steal Away (The Night)”.

Thursday 1/6/22 6pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1981 (by title) A to Z – Part 3 Extended Edition

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1981 A2Z.

We continue with letter B and go the start of Letter C. We feature music from: Eddy Grant, Tanya Tucker, Kim Wilde, Olivia Newton-john, Sammi Smith, Adam Ant, Elvis Costello, April Wine, Kim Carnes, Quarterflash, Ozzy Osbourne, Men At Work, Kiss, Falco, Kinks and many more. . .

6pm to 12am ET

Tuesday 6/22/21 1am ET: Feature LP: Ozzy Osbourne – Diary of A Madman (1981)

Diary of a Madman is the second studio album by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on November 7, 1981, and re-issued on CD on August 22, 1995. This is the last Osbourne studio album to feature guitarist Randy Rhoads and drummer Lee Kerslake. An altered version appeared in 2002 with the original bass and drum parts removed and re-recorded. In 2011, a Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition was released with all original parts restored. To date, the album has sold over 3 million copies worldwide.

  1. “Over the Mountain” 4:31
  2. “Flying High Again” 4:43
  3. “You Can’t Kill Rock and Roll” 6:58
  4. “Believer” 5:17
  5. “Little Dolls” 5:39
  6. “Tonight” 5:50
  7. “S.A.T.O.” 4:06
  8. “Diary of a Madman” 6:15
  9. “I Don’t Know” (live) 4:56

Ozzy Osbourne – lead & backing vocals, production
Randy Rhoads – guitars, production
Bob Daisley – bass (uncredited)[19]
Lee Kerslake – drums, percussion (uncredited)[19]
Johnny Cook – keyboards (uncredited)[19]
Louis Clark – string arrangements on “Diary of a Madman”
Robert Trujillo – bass on 2002 reissue
Mike Bordin – drums on 2002 reissue
Rudy Sarzo – credited on original release but does not appear; bass on 2011 reissue’s live disc
Tommy Aldridge – credited on original release but does not appear; drums on 2011 reissue’s live disc

Monday 6pm: MaxMusic 20th Century 1989 (Part1)

January 14 – Paul McCartney releases Снова в СССР (Back in the USSR) exclusively in the USSR. Bootleg copies sell for as much as US$1,000 in the United States.
January 23 – James Brown is sentenced in Georgia, USA, to six years in jail in connection with a police chase through two different states.
January 25 – Madonna files for divorce from Sean Penn after three-and-a-half years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.
January 27 – Michael Jackson ends the Bad World Tour in Los Angeles, USA.
February 12
Roy Orbison joins Elvis Presley as the only singers to ever simultaneously have two top 5 albums on the Billboard charts.
Tiny Tim launches an unsuccessful campaign to be elected mayor of New York City, USA.
February 17 – Whitesnake’s David Coverdale marries Tawny Kitaen.
March 21 – Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” music video, taped in late December 1988, attracts criticism for its use of Catholic Church iconography and for the use of cross burning imagery, but also garners praise for its interpretation of discrimination, rape, and faith. Pepsi drops Madonna as a spokesperson out of fear the video will cause religious groups to boycott the company.
April 9 – The Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman announces that he will marry 19-year-old Mandy Smith, his girlfriend for six years.
April 12 – Michael Jackson is named “King of Pop” after receiving the Soul Train Heritage Awards.
April 28 – Jon Bon Jovi marries his high school sweetheart Dorothea Hurley at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
May 1 – California, USA jewelry store employees called the police reporting a suspicious person hanging around their store. The person turns out to be Michael Jackson shopping in disguise.
July 9 – All four original members of The Monkees reunite in Los Angeles, USA, for a concert performance at the Universal Amphitheatre. The following day the quartet attend an induction ceremony at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where they receive a star.
July 23 – Former Beatle Ringo Starr forms his own band named Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.
July 29 – The Bee Gees perform in the U.S. for the first time in 10 years as part of their One for All world tour.
August 3 – Sergio Franchi collapses before scheduled concert; dies 9 months later of brain cancer.
August 11-12 – The Moscow Music Peace Festival is held in the Soviet Union. The event is put together by Doc McGhee and the Make-A-Wish Foundation and headline acts include Bon Jovi, Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe, Skid Row, Cinderella, and the Scorpions.
August 31 – The Rolling Stones open their Steel Wheels North American tour in Philadelphia, USA.
September 9
The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, designed by I. M. Pei, opens in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Madonna gives a risqué performance at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards. Clad in baggy black sweatpants and a black bustier, she shocks the audience by simulating masturbation. The version of the song used in the show would later serve as the opening number of 1990’s “Blond Ambition World Tour”.
September 14 – Madonna is granted a divorce from Sean Penn.
October 15 – Media Rings Corporation, the Japanese music, video game, and software publishing company, is founded in Akasaka.
December 23 – Ice Cube leaves N.W.A after financial problems and several conflicts with their manager Jerry Heller and the group’s founder Eazy-E. By this time, Cube has been recording his solo debut album, which will be released next year.

Also in 1989

Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith leaves the band and is replaced by ex-Gillan guitarist Janick Gers who had most recently worked with Bruce Dickinson on his solo project.
Ars Musica, an annual contemporary music international festival, founded

Saturday 12pm / Sunday 6am: Brit Rock with Dominic Forbes

This week on Brit Rock – Michael Schenker Group, Scorpions, Focus, Concrete Kingdoms, Meme Detroit, Survival Code, Green Day, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Foo Fighters, Styx, Procol Harem, Marillion, Dio, Motorhead, Don Henley, Foreigner, Chicago, Queen, Deep Purple, Genesis, Night Ranger, Allman Bros Band, Fleetwood Mac, REM, Joe Cocker, Rolling Stones, Who, Ozzy Osbourne, Mountain, Rembrandts, C.C.S., Rod Stewart, Aerosmith.  Join Dominic Forbes 12pm or the encore Sunday 6am on RadioMaxMusic.

Saturday 12pm ET: Brit Rock with Dominic Forbes

On Brit Rock this week music from Gary Moore, AC/DC, Jeff Lynne, Extreme, Billy Idol, Faith No More, Fish, Aerosmith,Quireboys, Black Crowes, Stranglers, Boston, Deep Purple, Killers, The Eagles, Chris Cornell, The Fray, Kings Of Leon, U2, The Scorpions, Genesis, Dire Straits, Whitesnake, Sammy Hagar, Frijid Pink, Queen, Cinderella, Foreigner, Russ Ballard, Peter Gabriel, Gun, The Hooters, ZZ Top, Richard Marx, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Rainbow.  Join Dominic Forbes 12pm ET on RadioMaxMusic.  Encore at 12am Sunday morning.

Artist Countdown: Black Sabbath Top 25 6p ET @BlackSabbath

BS-2013Black Sabbath are an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward. The band has since experienced multiple line-up changes, with Tony Iommi the only constant presence in the band through the years. Originally formed in 1968 as a heavy blues rock band named Earth, the band began incorporating occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars. Despite an association with occult and horror themes, Black Sabbath also composed songs dealing with social instability, political corruption, the dangers of drug abuse and apocalyptic prophecies of the horrors of war.

BS-DioOsbourne’s heavy drug use led to his dismissal from the band in 1979. He was replaced by former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. After a few albums with Dio’s vocals and songwriting collaborations, Black Sabbath endured a revolving line-up in the 1980s and 1990s that included vocalists Ian Gillan, Glenn Hughes, Ray Gillen and Tony Martin, as well as multiple members of Deep Purple and Rainbow. In 1992, Iommi and Butler rejoined Dio and drummer Vinny Appice to record Dehumanizer. The original line-up reunited with Osbourne in 1997 and released a live album Reunion. Black Sabbath’s 19th studio album, 13, which features three of the original members, was released in June 2013.

Black Sabbath are cited as pioneers of heavy metal. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970) and Master of Reality (1971). They were ranked by MTV as the “Greatest Metal Band” of all time, and placed second in VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” list. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them number 85 in their “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. They have sold over 70 million records worldwide. Black Sabbath were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. They have also won two Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance. – Wikipedia

1 Paranoid
2 God Is Dead?
3 Turn Up the Night
4 Psycho Man
5 Selling My Soul
6 Never Say Die!
7 Neon Knights
8 A Hard Road
9 TV Crimes
10 The Devil Cried
11 End of the Beginning
12 Die Young
13 The Mob Rules
14 Voodoo
15 Iron Man
16 Headless Cross
17 Feels Good to Me
18 Devil and Daughter
19 After Forever
20 Tomorrow’s Dream
21 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
22 Am I Going Insane (Radio)
23 Trashed
24 No Stranger to Love
25 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle


Artist Countdown: Ozzy Osbourne Top 30 6pm ET @OfficialOzzy

ozzy-osbourneJohn Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne (born 3 December 1948) is an English rock vocalist, songwriter, and television personality. Osbourne rose to prominence in the early 1970s as the lead vocalist of the pioneering English band Black Sabbath, whose dark and heavy sound has often been cited as key to the development of the heavy metal genre. Osbourne left Black Sabbath in 1979 and has since had a successful solo career, releasing 11 studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the US, though he has reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions, most recently in 2011 to record the album 13, which was released in 2013. Osbourne’s longevity and success have earned him the informal title of “Godfather of Heavy Metal“.

Osbourne’s total album sales from his years in Black Sabbath combined with his solo work is over 100 million. In the early 2000s, Osbourne became a television star, appearing as himself in the MTV reality program The Osbournes, alongside wife/manager Sharon and two of their three children, Kelly and Jack.

1 Crazy Train
2 Dreamer
3 Flying High Again
4 Mr. Crowley
5 Paranoid (with Black Sabbath)
6 Mama, I’m Coming Home
7 Close My Eyes Forever (with Lita Ford)
8 Gets Me Through
9 Changes (with Kelly Osbourne)
10 Shot in the Dark
11 No More Tears
12 Let Me Hear You Scream
13 I Don’t Wanna Stop
14 Bark at the Moon
15 Perry Mason
16 See You on the Other Side
17 I Just Want You
18 Walk on Water
19 Road to Nowhere
20 Iron Man
21 Back on Earth
22 So Tired
23 Time After Time
24 Mississippi Queen
25 Life Won’t Wait
26 Over the Mountain
27 Not Going Away
28 Black Rain
29 Let It Die
30 Never Say Die! (with Black Sabbath)

Feature Year: 1982 – 9am / 9pm ET on RadioMaxMusic

1982The hits and not so hits if 1982.  Part One – 9am – Part 2 – 9pm

January 15 – K.C. and the Sunshine Band’s Harry Wayne Casey is seriously injured in an automobile accident in Miami, Florida.
January 20 – Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a live bat thrown at him during a performance in Des Moines, Iowa. He thought it was rubber.
January 21 – B. B. King donates his personal record collection, which includes nearly 7,000 rare blues records, to the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture.
January 22 – Tommy Tucker, writer of “Hi Heel Sneakers”, dies of carbon tetrachloride poisoning sustained while finishing floors in his home.
February 13 – A 300-pound (136 kg) gravestone from the grave of Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant is stolen from an Orange Park, Florida cemetery. Police found the gravestone 2 weeks later in a dry river bed.
February 19 – Ozzy Osbourne is arrested after urinating on The Alamo, in San Antonio, Texas.
February 20 – Pat Benatar marries her guitarist, Neil Giraldo on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
February 27 – The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company gives its final performance at the Adelphi Theatre after more than 110 years.
March 3 – The Mamas & the Papas begin a reunion tour with a show in the New York club The Other End. Spanky McFarlane replaces Mama Cass.
March 4 – Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil and daughter Moon Unit form Fred Zeppelin.
March 5 – Comedian and Blues Brother John Belushi is found dead of an apparent drug overdose in the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Los Angeles.
March 18 – Teddy Pendergrass is severely injured in a car accident in Philadelphia. Pendergrass’s injuries result in him being paralyzed from the waist down.
March 19 – Ozzy Osbourne’s lead guitarist, Randy Rhoads, is killed in a freak accident in Leesburg, Florida when the plane in which he is riding buzzes Osbourne’s tour bus and crashes into a house. The plane’s pilot and a female passenger are also killed.
March 22 – Iron Maiden release The Number of the Beast (album), the critically acclaimed yet controversial album which is often hailed as Iron Maiden’s greatest. Christians in the USA went out and bought Iron Maiden’s albums (along with those of Ozzy Osbourne’s) and burnt them in protest to what they thought were Satanic lyrics. This album hit number one in the UK charts.
March 28 – In Los Angeles, David Crosby is arrested for possession of Quaaludes and drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of cocaine and carrying a concealed weapon.
April 13 – David Crosby is arrested on drug charges for the second time in three weeks when Dallas police catch him preparing cocaine backstage before a show.
April 15 – Billy Joel is seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in Long Island, New York. Joel spends over a month in the hospital undergoing physical therapy for his hand.
April 17 – Johnny Cash hosts Saturday Night Live with Cash and Elton John and his classic band as the musical guests. Cash sings I Walk The Line, Folsom Prison Blues, Ring of Fire and Sunday Morning Coming Down. John sings Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) and Ball and Chain. The latter would not appear on the NBC show again until 2011.
April 24 – Germany wins the 27th annual Eurovision Song Contest, held in the Harrogate Conference Centre, North Yorkshire, with the song “Ein bißchen Frieden”, sung by 17-year-old Nicole. She also records the song in English as “A Little Peace”, which becomes the 500th chart-topping single in the UK.
April 26 – Rod Stewart is mugged in Los Angeles. Stewart loses his $50,000 Porsche to the mugger, but is not hurt. The car is recovered several days later. Joe Strummer vanishes, forcing The Clash to postpone their U.K. tour.
April 30 – Influential rock journalist Lester Bangs dies in his New York apartment of an apparent accidental overdose of prescription drugs.
May 14 – The first Prince’s Trust charity concert is held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. With The Prince of Wales in attendance, Status Quo, becomes the first contemporary band to play to British royalty.
May 18 – Three weeks after disappearing, Joe Strummer and his girlfriend are found living in Paris, two days after they ran the Paris Marathon.
May 26 – The Rolling Stones open their European tour in Aberdeen, Scotland.
June 11 – Grease 2, starring Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer (in her feature film debut), is released.
June 16 – James Honeyman-Scott dies of heart failure caused by cocaine intolerance. He was 25 years old.
June 19 – Amy Grant marries Gary Chapman.
July 4 – Ozzy Osbourne marries his manager Sharon Arden in Maui, Hawaii.
July 21 – A second Prince’s Trust charity concert is held at the Dominion Theatre in London. Performers include Pete Townshend, Robert Plant, Madness, Phil Collins, Joan Armatrading and Kate Bush.
August 17 – In Langenhagen near Hanover, Germany began the first mass production of the compact disc.
August 18 – Four streets in Liverpool are named after each of The Beatles.
August 31 – Ronnie James Dio plays his final show with Black Sabbath (until 1992).
September 3–5 – The first US Festival is held over Labor Day Weekend near Devore, California. The Police, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead, Talking Heads and The B-52’s are among the many performers.
September 7 – The musical Cats begins its 18 year run on Broadway.
September 22 – The Who begin their only formally announced “farewell” tour in Washington, D.C.
October 1 – The first compact discs appear in music stores in Japan.
October 6 – Madonna’s debut single, “Everybody”, is released on Sire Records.
November 5 – The first edition of The Tube is broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK. Guests on the first programme include The Jam, making their last live TV appearance together.
November 21 – Joni Mitchell marries producer and bassist Larry Klein in Malibu.
November 25–27 – The Jamaica World Music Festival is held in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Acts over the three-day festival include Peter Tosh, Rick James, The Clash, Grateful Dead, Aretha Franklin and, in their final show before disbanding, Squeeze.
November 29 – Sena Jurinac appears on stage for the last time, with the Vienna State Opera.
November 30 – Thriller is released by Michael Jackson and goes on to be greatest selling album of all time, with 110 million units sold worldwide.
December 3 – The most successful group of the 1970s, Abba, release their final original single “Under Attack”. A split is never officially announced.
December 31 – The eleventh annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by The Go-Go’s, Hall & Oates, Ronnie Milsap, Barry Manilow and Jermaine Jackson.

(Source: Wikipedia)