Just another GR refugee. Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.
It is 1980.
John Lennon returns to the studio, for what will be his final recordings, the album Double Fantasy, before being assassinated outside of his New York City appartment. Paul McCartney is arrested for marijuana possession in Japan; he leads a sing-along of "Yesterday" in the holding cell. Tbilisi hosts the first legal rock concert in the Soviet Union. Last broadcast of Radio Caroline, the UK's legendary pirate radio station, as their broadcast platform, the S.S. Mi Amigo, sinks in a storm. The New Jersey state government officially considers a motion to make Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen, the official state song. The Sony Walkman goes on sale in the U.S. The Eagles break up, promising hell would freeze over before they reunited. (Hell will freeze over in 1994.) Elton John plays a free concert for 400,000 in Central Park - in a Donald Duck suit. Death of John Bonham; Led Zeppelin breaks up, refusing to record without him. R.E.M., Depeche Mode, and Eurythmics form.
Big hits: Call Me (Blondie), Please Don't Go (KC and the Sunshine Band), Rock With You (Michael Jackson), Another Brick in the Wall (Pink Floyd), Funkytown (Lipps, Inc.), It's Still Rock and Roll To Me (Billy Joel), Magic (Olivia Newton-John), Sailing (Christopher Cross), Upside Down (Diana Ross), Another One Bites the Dust (Queen), Woman in Love (Barbra Streisand), Lady (Kenny Rogers), Just Like Starting Over (John Lennon), Brass in Pocket (The Pretenders), Back in Black (AC/DC), Xanadu (Olivia Newton-John and ELO), and The Winner Takes it All (ABBA).