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January 1982 - American blues icon BB King donates his collection of 7,000 rare blues records to the University of Mississippi Center for the Study of Southern Culture.February 1982 - Phoenix, AZ psychedelic punk band The Meat Puppets release their debut on SST Records. February 1982 - San Francisco, CA band Huey Lewis and the News have their first Top Ten single in the US with "Do You Believe In Love".February 1982 - Armonk, NY singer Laura Branigan has a #2 US, #6 UK single "Gloria" from her debut album.February 1982 - UK metal band Iron Maiden get a new lead singer, Bruce Dickinson, and have a Top Ten hit in the UK with "Run to the Hills" and a #7 UK, #150 US LP.March 1982 - Chicago, IL comedian and Blues Brothers singer John Belushi is found dead of an overdose in Hollywood on Mar. 5th.March 1982 - American soul singer Teddy Pendergrass is paralyzed from the waist down following an auto accident in Philadelphia. March 1982 - UK husband and wife duo Richard and Linda Thompson release their sixth and final album Shoot Out The Lights to critical acclaim, but limited sales.March 1982 - Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder team up for the single "Ebony and Ivory" and go to #1 in the US and UK.March 1982 - Lodi, NJ horror punk band The Misfits release their debut album - Walk Among Us on Slash Records.April 1982 - A group of former Los Angeles studio musicians come together as Toto and have a #1 US, #3 UK single with "Africa" driving their fourth album to #4 in the US and UK.April 1982 - UK pop group Bucks Fizz score their third UK #1 with "My Camera Never Lies". They never chart in the US.April 1982 - Seymour, IN singer songwriter John "Cougar" Mellencamp has his first and only #1 US single with "Jack & Diane" (#25 UK). The album, American Fool, also goes #1 in the US.April 1982 - Los Angeles band The Motels break into the US Top Ten with the single "Only the Lonely".May 1982 - Paul McCartney's first post Wings album, Tug Of War, goes to #1 in the US and UK with production by former Beatles producer George Martin.May 1982 - UK post punk band The Cure have the first of eight Top Ten albums in the UK with their album Pornography. The album fails to chart on the US Top 100, though they continue to develop a devoted
following.May 1982 - Birmingham, UK band Duran Duran go Top Ten in the US and UK with their second album Rio, led by the single "Hungry Like The Wolf".May 1982 - UK punk veterans The Clash release their fifth album, Combat Rock, and have a Top Ten single "Rock The Casbah" and album in both the US and UK.May 1982 - UK supergroup Asia's debut album goes to #1 US, #11 UK. The band includes former members of Yes, ELP and King Crimson. June 1982 - Chicago, IL rock band Survivor have a #1 hit in the US and UK with the single "Eye of the Tiger" featured on the Rocky lll film soundtrack.June 1982 - California hardcore band The Descendents release their debut album, Milo Goes To College.June 1982 - LA band X release their major label debut, Under The Big Black Sun, on Elektra Records. It charts at #76 US.June 1982 - California band Berlin's second album, Pleasure Victim #30 US, yields synthpop dancefloor hits "The Metro" and "Sex (I'm A...)".July 1982 - UK heavy metal band Judas Priest release their eighth album, Screaming For Vengeance which goes to #11 UK, #17 US, featuring the song "You've Got Another Thing Comin".July 1982 - The Lexicon of Love is the debut album by British band ABC. It goes to #1 UK and #25 US led by singles "The Look of Love" and "Poison Arrow" which receive heavy rotation on MTV.July 1982 - Australian band INXS have their first US chart success with the single "The One Thing" #30 US after heavy MTV exposure.August 1982 - Birmingham, UK band Dexy's Midnight Runners top the UK charts for the second time with the single "Come On Eileen". It would reach #1 in the US in April 1983.August 1982 - Athens, GA band R.E.M. release their debut EP Chronic Town on IRS Records.September 1982 - UK reggae band Musical Youth score a #1 UK, #10 US hit with the single "Pass the Dutchie". The song is a cover of the Mighty Diamonds original.September 1982 - Scottish band Simple Minds 6th album New Gold Dreams goes #3 UK (#69 US). The first of six top five albums for the band in the UK.September 1982 - Liverpool new wave band A Flock Of Seagulls debut album goes to #10 US (#32 UK) led by the US Top Ten single "I Ran (So Far Away)".September 1982 - Fleetwood Mac's album Mirage tops the US charts (#5 UK) with the US Top Ten singles "Gypsy" and "Hold Me".September 1982 - Bruce Springsteen's sixth album, Nebraska, is recorded without the full E Street Band yeilding a sparse, lo-fi sound. The album makes  #3 US and UK.September 1982 - UK Ska/Pop band Madness have a Top Ten single in the US and UK with "Our House".October 1982 - Prince's fifth album, 1999, is his first to make the US Top Ten. Three singles make the US Top Twenty including the title track, "Little Red Corvette" and "Delirious".October 1982 - UK band Culture Club release their debut album, Kissing To Be Clever. The single "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" goes to #1 UK, #2 US. November 1982 - The debut album by Australian band Men At Work goes to #1 US and UK with two US #1 singles "Who Can It Be Now" and "Down Under". November 1982 - Michael Jackson releases the album Thriller #1 US & UK. Thriller goes on to become the best selling album of all time. Seven of the albums ten tracks were released as singles and all went Top Ten in the US.November 1982 - The Jam continue their UK chart success with "Beat Surrender" their second #1 and fourth UK Top Ten single of 1982. It would be their final single.December 1982 - Marvin Gaye is back in the Top Five in the US and UK with the single "Sexual Healing" from the Top Ten album Midnight Love.December 1982 - Professional dancer and choreographer Toni Basil switches to music with her cover of the 1979 song "Kitty". Changing the name to "Mickey" Basil hits #1 US, #2 UK.December 1982 - Former member of The Commodores, Lionel Richie, releases his debut solo album #3 US, #9 UK which yields three US Top Five hits including the #1 "Truly".
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