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In 1980, (not 1979, date provided by RIAA) The eponymous debut album by Athens, Georgia, quintet, the B-52s was certified gold. The group is indirectly responsible for John Lennonʹs return to music later in the year: when Lennon hears the B-52's, he realizes the time is right.

In 1980, The country-variety TV series, Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters was aired for the first time. Barbara Mandrell hosted this music-variety series with her younger sisters, Louise and Irelene. Also helping out was Truck Shackley & the Texas Critters, a group of Krofft puppets that included five musicians and a dog. Each week, a well-established country star made appearances.

In 1980, “Barbara Mandrell And The Mandrell Sisters” debuts on NBC-TV, with guests Dolly Parton and John Schneider. Parton sings “9 To 5” and duets with Mandrell on The Beatlesʹ “Canʹt Buy Me Love.”

In 1980, “Heavenʹs Gate” opened and closed as an unqualified movie disaster.

In 1980, “Lookin' For Love” single by Johnny Lee was certified Gold by the RIAA. He was looking for love in all the wrong places. He didnʹt try the Internet back then; good thing because thatʹs another wrong place to look for love. It was his best-known contribution to the film “Urban Cowboy.”

In 1980, “One Step Closer” album by Doobie Brothers was certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA

In 1980, “Zapp” album by Zapp was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1981, On Guiding Light, Vanessa Chamberlain (temporarily played by Anna Stuart) tried to convince his father (William Roerick) to relax over their embezzlement secret.

In 1981, “On Golden Pond” starring Katherine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, and Jane Fonda opened in movie theaters in the U.S.A.

In 1982, On General Hospital, Scott and Heather bickered after Scott stood Heather up to spend time with Susan.

In 1982, “Fonz and The Happy Days Gang”, TV Cartoon Show; last aired on ABC.

In 1983, “Bark At The Moon” album by Ozzy Osbourne was released

In 1983, “High ʹnʹ Dry” album by Def Leppard was certified Platinum by the RIAA

In 1983, “On Through The Night” album by Def Leppard was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1985, Howard Stern began broadcasting on WXRK-FM in New York City; his flagship station that will syndicate his morning radio show to several dozen radio markets across the U.S.

In 1985, On Santa Barbara, Eden (Marcy Walker) gave Cruz (A Martinez) the engagement ring back.

In 1985, Paul McCartney releases “Spies Like Us”.

In 1985, The comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes,” created by Bill Watterson, was first published. (The strip ran for ten years.)

In 1985, “Rock A Little” album by Stevie Nicks was released

In 1986, For the first time since his departure from his own late-night TV show, Jack Parr was a guest of Johnny Carson on “The Tonight Show”. One of TVʹs great lines came from the show, when Carson quipped (after one of Parrʹs long, long spiels), “Why is it that I feel Iʹm guesting on your show?”

In 1986, “Eye Of The Tiger” album by John Fogerty was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1986, “Somewhere In Time” album by Iron Maiden was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1986, “True Stories” album by Talking Heads was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1987, U2 opens for itself — pretending to be a country-rock group called The Dalton Brothers — during a concert in Los Angeles.

In 1988, Disneyʹs movie “Oliver and Company,” featuring the voices of Billy Joel, Bette Midler, and Cheech Marin, opened nationally. Joel later said it was probably the hardest work heʹd ever done. It cost $18 million to make.

In 1988, Genesis member and former child actor Phil Collins makes his adult acting debut in “Buster”. The filmʹs soundtrack includes two number one hits, “Groovy Kind of Love” and “Two Hearts”. It wasnʹt his official screen debut, because as a kid he was an extra in “A Hard Days Night”.

In 1988, On General Hospital, Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner) and Jake Meyer (Sam Behrens) made opening statements at Anna Devane's trial.

In 1988, On Santa Barbara, Gina DeMott (Robin Mattson) and Mason lookalike Sonny Sprocket (Lane Davies) set up Julia Wainwright (Nancy Lee Grahn) to see them together.

In 1988, “Delicate Sound Of Thunder” album by Pink Floyd was released

In 1988, “New Jersey” album by Bon Jovi was certified Gold, Platinum, and Multi Platinum 3.00 by the RIAA

In 1988, “Open Up And Say…Ahh” album by Poison was certified Multi Platinum 3.00 by the RIAA

In 1989, At the Nick At Nite exposition in San Diego, D.T. meets Mr. Ed (or a replica to be exact) and star Alan Young. He forgot to ask Alan about the backwards Mr. Ed theme song controversy which had allegedly had satanac messages when played backwards. Some side notes of note: Young later played a justice of the peace who marries Coach Hayden Fox to Christine Armstrong in 1993, and as an elderly guest on the Melissa Joan Hart version of Sabrina in 1997 among other things.

In 1989, R.C., “Love Shack” by B-52s peaked at number three on the pop singles chart; a parody of that song, “Radio Shack”, aired on Doctor Demento shortly.

In 1989, R.C., “Me So Horny” by 2 Live Crew peaked at #26 on the pop singles chart.

In 1989, R.C., “Sugar Daddy” by Thompson Twins peaked at #28 on the pop singles chart.

In 1983, "Amityville 3-D" was released by Orion Pictures; Richard Fleischer (director); David Ambrose (screenplay); Tony Roberts, Tess Harper, Robert Joy, Candy Clark, Lori Loughlin, Meg Ryan, Neill Barry, Josefina Echánove; Horror; Live action

In 1983, "The Being" was released by Best Film & Video Corp. / New World Pictures / Aquarius Films / Crest Films / Cybelle Productions; Jackie Kong (director/screenplay); Martin Landau, José Ferrer, Dorothy Malone, Ruth Buzzi, Marianne Gordon Rogers, Bill Osco; Horror; Live action

In 1983, "A Christmas Story" was released by MGM/UA Entertainment Co.; Bob Clark (director/screenplay); Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown (screenplay); Peter Billingsley, Jean Shepherd, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Ian Petrella, Scott Schwartz, R. D. Robb, Zack Ward, Yano Anaya, Tedde Moore, Jeff Gillen, Leslie Carlson; Comedy; Live action

In 1983, "Nate and Hayes" was released by Paramount Pictures / Phillips-Whitehouse Productions; Ferdinand Fairfax (director); John Hughes, David Odell (screenplay); Tommy Lee Jones, Michael O'Keefe, Max Phipps, Jenny Seagrove, Grant Tilly, Peter Rowley, Prince Tui Teka; Adventure; Live action

In 1983, "A Night in Heaven" was released by 20th Century Fox; John G. Avildsen (director); Joan Tewkesbury (screenplay); Christopher Atkins, Lesley Ann Warren, Robert Logan, Deney Terrio, Deborah Rush, Sandra Beall, Alix Elias, Carrie Snodgress, Andy García; Romance, Drama; Live action

In 1983, "Sleepaway Camp" was released by United Film Distribution Company / American Eagle Films; Robert Hiltzik (director/screenplay); Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Karen Fields, Christopher Collet, Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Desiree Gould, Robert Earl Jones, Paul DeAngelo, Susan Glaze, Amy Baio, Tom Van Dell, Loris Sallahain, John E. Dunn, Ethan Larosa, Willy Kuskin, Owen Hughes, Frank Trent Saladino, Rick Edrich, Fred Greene, Allen Breton, Michael C. Mahon, Dan Tursi, James Paradise, Paul Poland, Alyson Mord, Carol Robinson; Slasher; Live action

In 1984, "Fatal Vision" was released by NBC Productions; David Greene (director); John Gay (screenplay); Gary Cole, Karl Malden, Eva Marie Saint, Barry Newman, Wendy Schaal, Andy Griffith, Judith Barsi, Gary Grubbs, Joel Polis, Mitchell Ryan, Scott Paulin, Barry Corbin, Albert Salmi, Paddi Edwards, Carmen Argenziano, Nadine van der Velde, Laurence Haddon, Kenneth Tigar, Roy London, Robert Clotworthy, Steve James, Richard Lineback, James Morrison, Paul Ryan, Miguel Sandoval, Brian Thompson; Crime, Drama, History; Live Action

In 1988, "The Chocolate War" was released by MCEG Sterling; Keith Gordon (director/screenplay); John Glover, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Wally Ward, Doug Hutchison, Jenny Wright, Bud Cort, Corey Gunnestad, Brent Fraser, Robert Davenport, Adam Baldwin, Ethan Sandler; Drama; Live Action

In 1988, "Fresh Horses" was released by Columbia Pictures / Weintraub Entertainment Group; David Anspaugh (director); Larry Ketron (screenplay); Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Patti D'Arbanville, Ben Stiller, Leon Russom, Molly Hagan, Viggo Mortensen, Doug Hutchison, Dan Davis, John Powell; Coming of age, Drama; Live Action

In 1988, "High Spirits" was released by TriStar Pictures; Neil Jordan (director/screenplay); Michael McDowell (screenplay); Daryl Hannah, Peter O'Toole, Steve Guttenberg, Beverly D'Angelo, Liam Neeson, Jennifer Tilly, Peter Gallagher, Ray McAnally, Martin Ferrero, Connie Booth, Donal McCann, Liz Smith, Mary Coughlan, Ruby Buchanan, Isolde Cazelet, Aimee Delamain, Tom Hickey, Krista Hornish, Little John, Preston Lockwood, Paul O'Sullivan, Hilary Reynolds, Tony Rohr, Matthew Wright; Fantasy, Comedy; Live Action

In 1988, "The Land Before Time" was released by Universal Pictures / Sullivan Bluth Studios / Amblin Entertainment; Don Bluth (director); Stu Krieger (screenplay); Gabriel Damon, Candace Hutson, Judith Barsi, Will Ryan, Helen Shaver, Burke Byrnes, Bill Irwin, Pat Hingle, Diana Ross, Frank Welker; Adventure, Drama; Animation

In 1988, "Last Rites" was released by MGM/UA Communications Co.; Donald P. Bellisario (director/screenplay); Tom Berenger, Daphne Zuniga, Chick Vennera, Anne Twomey, Dane Clark, Paul Dooley, Adrian Paul, Deborah Pratt, Al Rodrigo, Father Louis Gigante, Tony Lip, Damien Leake, Troian Avery Bellisario, Michaelangelo Bellisario, Vassili Lambrinos, Tony DiBenedetto, Christine Poor, Jack Hallett, Ibi Kaufman, Frank Patton III, Maurizio Benazzo, Roberto Corbo, Leslie Arnett, Anthony Bishop; Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller; Live action

In 1988, "1969" was released by Atlantic Entertainment Group; Ernest Thompson (director/screenplay); Robert Downey Jr., Kiefer Sutherland, Bruce Dern, Mariette Hartley, Winona Ryder, Joanna Cassidy; Drama; Live Action

In 1988, "Oliver & Company" was released by Walt Disney Pictures; George Scribner (director); Jim Cox, Tim Disney, James Mangold (screenplays); Joey Lawrence, Billy Joel, Cheech Marin, Richard Mulligan, Roscoe Lee Browne, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Dom DeLuise, Taurean Blacque, Carl Weintraub, Robert Loggia, Natalie Gregory, William Glover, Bette Midler, Frank Welker, Jonathan Brandis, Greg Finley, Jo Ann Harris, Rosanna Huffman, Harvey Jason, Karen Kamon, Kaleena Kiff, Carol King, David Lasley, John McCurry, Whitney Rydbeck, Tom Righter Snow, Ruth Pointer; Musical; Animation

U.S. 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, “Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” by New Kids On The Block peaked at number 8 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “I'm A Believer” by Giant peaked at number 56 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Licence To Chill” by Billy Ocean peaked at number 32 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Love Shack” by The B-52's peaked at number 3 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Me So Horny” by 2 Live Crew peaked at number 26 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “New Thing” by Enuff Z'Nuff peaked at number 67 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Sugar Daddy” by Thompson Twins peaked at number 28 on the U.S. pop singles chart.

Canada 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, “Giving Away A Miracle” by Luba peaked at number 6 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Listen To Your Heart” by Roxette peaked at number 2 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Rockin' In The Free World” by Neil Young peaked at number 1 on the Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Sugar Daddy” by Thompson Twins peaked at number 28 on the Canada pop singles chart.

Alt-Canada 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, “Don't Ask Me Why” by Eurythmics peaked at number 13 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “House Of Love” by Veronique Beliveau peaked at number 80 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “No Souvenirs” by Melissa Etheridge peaked at number 4 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Sons And Daughters” by Chalk Circle peaked at number 42 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Sugar Daddy” by Thompson Twins peaked at number 36 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Sunshine” by Dino peaked at number 89 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “The Way To Your Heart” by Soul Sister peaked at number 38 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

In 1989, “You've Got It” by Simply Red peaked at number 48 on the Alt-Canada pop singles chart.

U.K. 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, “Angelia” by Richard Marx peaked at number 45 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Another Day In Paradise” by Phil Collins peaked at number 2 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Another Monsterjam” by Simon Harris Featuring Einstein peaked at number 65 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Beat The Bullet” by Vain peaked at number 93 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “C'mon And Get My Love” by D-Mob Featuring Cathy Dennis peaked at number 15 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Don't Ask Me Why” by Eurythmics peaked at number 25 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Faith And Healing” by Ian McCulloch peaked at number 96 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Grand Piano” by The Mixmaster peaked at number 9 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Head On” by The Jesus And Mary Chain peaked at number 57 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Hide Your Heart” by KISS peaked at number 59 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Just As Long As I Got You” by Frankie Bones peaked at number 87 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Move On” by Waterfront peaked at number 76 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Move” by Inspiral Carpets peaked at number 49 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Pop Song” by David Sylvian peaked at number 83 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Rhythm Nation” by Janet Jackson peaked at number 23 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Somebody In The House Say Yeah!” by 2 In A Room peaked at number 66 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Soul Power” by Ruth Joy peaked at number 94 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Sun King/Edie (Ciao Baby)” by The Cult peaked at number 39 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You)” by Rod Stewart Featuring Ronald Isley peaked at number 51 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

In 1989, “With Every Beat Of My Heart” by Taylor Dayne peaked at number 53 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

Australian 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, “Angelia” by Richard Marx peaked at number 32 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Hangin' Tough” by New Kids On The Block peaked at number 8 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Lay Your Hands On Me” by Bon Jovi peaked at number 23 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1989, “She Has To Be Loved” by Jenny Morris peaked at number 5 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1989, “That's What I Like About You” by Collette peaked at number 31 on the Australian pop singles chart.

In 1989, “The Sensual World” by Kate Bush peaked at number 44 on the Australian pop singles chart.

New Zealand 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, “Chocolate Box” by Bros peaked at number 29 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Glamour Boys” by Living Colour peaked at number 14 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1989, “I Feel Love” by The Fan Club peaked at number 8 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1989, “I Got It Goin' On” by Tone Loc peaked at number 27 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Lethal Weapon” by Ice-T peaked at number 22 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Losing My Mind” by Liza Minnelli peaked at number 23 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Rock Wit'cha” by Bobby Brown peaked at number 17 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Touch The Fire” by Icehouse peaked at number 39 on the New Zealand pop singles chart.

Netherlands 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, “1-2-3” by The Chimes (Scottish) peaked at number 41 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Again ('89 Remix)” by The Night People peaked at number 42 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Cry Of Freedom” by Piet Veerman peaked at number 33 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1989, “French Word For Love” by Earth And Fire peaked at number 44 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Here I Am” by Jason [NL] peaked at number 50 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1989, “I'm Still Missing Your Love” by The S.O.S. Band peaked at number 25 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Love On Top Of Love (Killer Kiss)” by Grace Jones peaked at number 47 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Take Care Of Yourself” by Level 42 peaked at number 14 on the Netherlands pop singles chart.

Sweden 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, “18 And Life” by Skid Row peaked at number 17 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Pump Up The Jam” by Technotronic Featuring Felly peaked at number 4 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

In 1989, “That's What I Like” by Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers peaked at number 5 on the Sweden pop singles chart.

Austria 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, “This One” by Paul McCartney peaked at number 8 on the Austria pop singles chart.

In 1989, “Viva la mamma” by Edoardo Bennato peaked at number 20 on the Austria pop singles chart.

France 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, “French Kiss” by Lee Lewis peaked at number 25 on the France pop singles chart.

In 1989, “If You Don't Know Me By Now” by Simply Red peaked at number 11 on the France pop singles chart.

In 1989, “L'été indien” by Joe Dassin peaked at number 35 on the France pop singles chart.

Switzerland 1980s Pop Singles Chart Peaks

In 1989, “Ride On Time” by Black Box peaked at number 5 on the Switzerland pop singles chart.

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