January 1980 - San Antonio, TX singer songwriter Christopher Cross releases his debut album which reaches #6, US, #14 UK. In Aug. The single "Sailing" hits #1 US.January 1980 - Canadian rock band Rush have their first US and UK Top Five album with their seventh album Permanent Waves featuring a new, more radio friendly sound.January 1980 - UK band The Pretenders, led by expatriate Chrissie Hynde from Akron, OH, release their debut album which hits #1 UK, #9 US led by the single "Brass in Pocket" #1 UK, #14 US.February 1980 - Punk pioneers The Ramones release their fourth album End Of The Century #44 US, #14 UK with production by Phil Spector.
They are also featured in the successful low budget movie Rock and Roll High School.February 1980 - UK rock band Queen have a #1 US, #2 UK single with "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". They hit #1 US again in Oct. with "Another One Bites the Dust" #7 UK. February 1980 - Bon Scott, lead singer for Australian rock band AC/DC, is found dead in London of acute alcohol poisoning.February 1980 - Northern Ireland punk band, Stiff Little Fingers, have a UK hit with their second album Nobody's Heroes.February 1980 - Elvis Costello and the Attractions release their fourth album - Get Happy which goes to #2 UK, #11 US.February 1980 - Bob Seger releases his eleventh album Against The Wind, his first to top the US charts #26 UK. The album yields two US Top Ten singles "Fire Lake" and the title track.March 1980 - UK progressive rock band Genesis have their first #1 album in the UK (#11 US) with their tenth album Duke.March 1980 - UK band The Jam have a #1 UK single with "Down In The Tube Station at Midnight" and hit #1 UK again in Aug. with "Start".March 1980 - Hicksville, NY singer songwriter Billy Joel scores his second US #1 album in a row with Glass Houses #9 UK. Joel also has his first US #1 single with "It's Still Rock and Roll To Me" #14 UK.April 1980 - "Call Me" by Blondie goes to #1 in the US and UK after being featured in the movie American Gigolo.April 1980 - New Jersey band The Feelies release their influential debut album on Stiff Records.April 1980 - Pete Townshend of The Who has a US Top Five solo album with Empty Glass and a US Top Ten single with "Let My Love Open The Door".April 1980 - UK metal band Iron Maiden release their debut album which goes to #4 in the UK. May 1980 - Ian Curtis, lead singer of UK band Joy Division, commits suicide May 18th on the eve of the bands first US tour.May 1980 - Former Genesis lead singer, Peter Gabriel, has a #1 solo album in the UK, #22 US.May 1980 - Former Supreme, Diana Ross, has a #1 US, #2 UK single with "Upside Down" from the album -diana #2 US, #12 UK.June 1980 - The Rolling Stones release the album Emotional Rescue which goes to #1 in the US and UK. Mick Jagger sings falsetto on the disco influenced title track #3 US, #9 UK. June 1980 - Minneapolis, MN studio band Lipps Inc. score a #1 US, #2 UK hit with the single "Funkytown". July 1980 - Philadelphia duo Hall and Oates single "Kiss on My List" goes to #1 US, #33 UK from their ninth album Voices. July 1980 - Ohio new wave band Devo have a #14 single in the US with "Whip It" #51 UK. The self funded video would later receive heavy MTV airplay.July 1980 - Just five months after the death of lead singer Bon Scott, AC/DC are back with new sound-alike lead singer Brian Johnson and their biggest selling album to date, Back In Black, #1 UK, #4 US. August 1980 - Lindenhurst, NY singer Pat Benatar has her first US Top Ten single with "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" and the album Crimes of Passion goes to #2 US.September 1980 - Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham dies on Sep. 25th and the group calls it quits.September 1980 - Former Black Sabbath lead singer Ozzy Osbourne teams up with guitarist Randy Rhoads for his solo album debut - Blizzard of Ozz #7 UK, #21 US.September 1980 - San Francisco hardcore punk band The Dead Kennedys release their debut album which reaches #33 UK.October 1980 - Paul Simon writes and stars in the movie One Trick Pony. The soundtrack album goes to #12 US, #17 UK. The single "Late In The Evening" hits #6 US.October 1980 - UK artists Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds team up to form Rockpile and score a #27 US, #34 UK album - Seconds Of Pleasure. October 1980 - UK trio The Police have their second UK #1 album in a row (#5 US) with their third album Zenyatta Mondatta. They also hit #1 UK, #10 US with the single "Don't Stand So Close To Me".October 1980 - American band Talking Heads break into the US Top 20, UK #21 with their fourth album Remain In LIght, featuring the single "Once In A Lifetime". October 1980 - American singer songwriter Bruce Springsteen releases the double album The River, which goes to #1 US, #2 UK and features the #5 US, #36 UK single "Hungry Heart".October 1980 - UK act Adam and the Ants second album, Kings of the Wild Frontier goes to #1 UK, #44 US and yields three UK Top Ten singles. The group features dual drummers and helps popularize the Burundi Beat in rock music.October 1980 - Irish band U2 release their debut album - Boy and tour Europe and the US. The single "I Will Follow" is a college radio hit. November 1980 - Country music singer Kenny Rogers goes to #1 US, #12 UK with his cover of "Lady" written by Lionel Richie.November 1980 - UK speed metal band Motorhead's fourth album Ace of Spades is released and goes Top Five in the UK.November 1980 - Swedish pop band ABBA's album Super Trouper goes to #1 UK (#17 US) led by two UK #1 singles including "The Winner Takes It All" #8 US. December 1980 - Former Spencer Davis Group and Traffic member, Steve Winwood, has a #3 US, #13 UK hit with his second solo album - Arc of the Diver.December 1980 - John Lennon is shot to death outside his New York City apartment. His comeback album Double Fantasy was released in November and the single "Just Like Starting Over" hits #1 following his death.
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