Some of the goss from this week back in the 80s

30 Jan

1982 - American blues guitarist, singer Sam Lightnin' Hopkins died of cancer aged 70. Influenced Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. R.E.M. recorded a song named after him on their Document album.

31 Jan

1987 - Paul Simon went back to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Graceland', the album stayed on the chart for a total 101 weeks. 'Graceland' later won the 1987 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, while the title song won the 1988 Grammy Award for Record of the Year. 

 

01 Feb

1989 - Paul Robi from The Platters died of cancer. UK & US No.1 single 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes'. Robi left The Platters in the early 60's being replaced by Nate Nelson from the Flamingos.

02 Feb

1985 - Foreigner started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles charts with 'I Want To Know What Love Is', also a UK No.1. London-born Mick Jones wrote the song.

 

03 Feb

1986 - Dire Straits were at No.1 on the UK album charts with their fifth studio album Brothers in Arms. With ten weeks at No.1, the album is the seventh best-selling album in UK chart history and won two Grammy Awards in 1986, and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards. Brothers in Arms also spent nine weeks at No.1 on the Billboard 200 in the US, and thirty-four weeks at No.1 on the Australian Album Chart. 

 

04 Feb

1983 - Karen Carpenter died aged 32 of a cardiac arrest at her parent's house in Downey, California; the coroner's report gave the cause of death of imbalances associated with anorexia nervosa. The Carpenters 1970 album Close to You, featured two hit singles: ‘(They Long to Be) Close to You’ and ‘We've Only Just Begun.’ They peaked at No.1 and No.2, on the US chart. In 1975 - In Playboy's annual opinion poll; its readers voted Karen Carpenter the Best Rock Drummer of the year.

05 Feb

1983 - Toto went to No.1 on the US singles with 'Africa'; a No.3 hit in the UK.