Events in Music in 1980

  • Jan 6 "1940's Radio Hour" closes at St James Theater NYC after 105 performances
  • Jan 13 "King of Schnorrers" closes at Playhouse Theater NYC after 63 performances

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Jan 16 Paul McCartney jailed in Tokyo for 10 days on marijuana possession

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

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Jan 26 175,000 pay to hear Frank Sinatra sing in Rio de Janeiro

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra
  • Jan 27 "Comin' Uptown" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • Feb 12 "Canterbury Tales" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Feb 14 "West Side Story" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 341 performances
  • Feb 18 Billy Wyman said he will leave Rolling Stones in 1983 (Sure!)
  • Feb 24 "Canterbury Tales" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 16 performances
  • Feb 27 22nd Grammy Awards: What a Fool Believe, Streisand-Diamond duet
  • Mar 1 Patti Smith & MC5 guitarist Fred Sonic Smith wed in Detroit
  • Mar 8 The first festival of rock music kicks off in the Soviet Union.
  • Mar 14 Ice Dance Championship at Dortmund West Germany won by Regoczy & Sallay
  • Mar 24 Capitol Records releases some rare Beatles tracks
  • Mar 26 Bombay gets its 1st rock concert in 10 years (The Police)
  • Mar 27 "Happy New Year" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Mar 27 "Reggae" opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 21 performances
  • Apr 11 Paul McCartney releases "Coming Up"
  • Apr 13 Musical "Grease" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 3,388 performances
  • Apr 13 "Reggae" closes at Biltmore Theater NYC after 21 performances
  • Apr 19 25th Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing "What's Another Year" in The Hague
  • Apr 30 "Barnum" opens at St James Theater NYC for 854 performances
  • May 1 "Day in Hollywood, A Night..." opens at John Golden NYC for 588 perf
  • May 1 15th Academy of Country Music Awards: Larry Gatlin and Crystal Gayle win
  • May 2 Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in South Africa
  • May 10 "Happy New Year" closes at Morosco Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • May 14 "Musical Chairs" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 15 performances
  • May 16 Brian May of rock group Queen collapses on stage with hepatitis
  • May 16 Paul McCartney releases "McCartney II" album
  • May 17 Paul & Linda McCartney appear on "Saturday Night Live"
  • May 19 "Blackstone" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 104 performances
  • May 20 Drummer Peter Criss quits Kiss

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May 23 33rd Cannes Film Festival: "All That Jazz" directed by Bob Fosse and "Kagemusha" directed by Akira Kurosawa jointly awarded the Palme d'Or

Film director, screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film director, screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa
  • May 24 "Rock Lobster" by B-52s hits #56
  • May 25 "Musical Chairs" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 15 performances
  • May 29 "Billy Bishop Goes to War" opens at Morosco Theater NYC for 12 performances

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Jun 1 Barbra Streisand appears at an ACLU Benefit in Calif

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Jun 2 "Your Arm's Too Short to Box..." opens at Ambassador NYC for 149 performances
  • Jun 3 "It's So Nice to Be Civilized" opens at Martin Beck NYC for 8 performances
  • Jun 7 "Billy Bishop Goes to War" closes at Morosco NYC after 12 performances
  • Jun 8 "It's So Nice to Be Civilized" closes at Martin Beck NYC after 8 performances

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Jun 9 14th Music City News Country Awards: Statler Brothers & Loretta Lynn

Singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn
Singer-songwriter
Loretta Lynn

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jun 13 Billy Joel's "Glass Houses" hits #1

Pianist, songwriter, and composer Billy Joel
Pianist, songwriter, and composer
Billy Joel
  • Jun 13 Paul McCartney releases "Waterfall"
  • Jun 14 Theme From NY, NY by Frank Sinatra hits #32
  • Jun 15 "Fearless Frank" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 12 performances
  • Jun 16 "Blues Brothers" premieres in Chicago
  • Jun 20 "Blues Brothers" with Dan Akwoyd & John Belushi opens in 594 theaters
  • Jun 25 "Fearless Frank" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • Jun 29 "Sweeney Todd" closes at Uris Theater NYC after 557 performances
  • Jul 2 Grateful Dead's Bob Weir & Mickey Hart are arrested for incitement
  • Jul 18 Billy Joel's Glass Houses album tops charts

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Jul 19 David Bowie appears in role of "Elephant Man" in Denver

Singer-Songwriter David Bowie
Singer-Songwriter
David Bowie

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Aug 4 John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin recording "Double Fantasy"

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
  • Aug 16 Bill Ward quits Black Sabbath
  • Aug 17 "Blackstone" closes at Majestic Theater NYC after 104 performances
  • Aug 25 Gower Champion's musical "42nd Street" opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 3486 performances
  • Aug 26 Pete Comita replaces Tom Peterson as bassist of Cheap Trick
  • Aug 31 "Oklahoma!" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 301 performances
  • Sep 14 "Charlie & Algernon" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 17 performances
  • Sep 15 Paul McCartney releases "Temporary Secretary"

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 17 "Divine Madness" starring Bette Midler, premieres

Actress/Singer Bette Midler
Actress/Singer
Bette Midler
  • Sep 18 'Les Miserables' opens at Palais des Sports, Paris
  • Sep 22 John Lennon and Yoko Ono sign a recording contract with Geffen Records

Music concertMusic Concert

Sep 23 Bob Marley's last concert at Stanley Theatre Pittsburgh

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • Sep 28 "Charlie & Algernon" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 17 performances
  • Oct 6 John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols) sentenced to 3 months inprisonment on assault charges
  • Oct 8 After playing two shows at the Madison Square Garden, Bob Marley collapsed in Central Park while jogging, brought to Sloan-Kettering Hospital
  • Oct 12 "Your Arm's Too Short to Box" closes at Ambassador NYC after 149 performances
  • Oct 13 14th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell, Emmylou Harris & George Jones wins
  • Oct 16 "Brigadoon" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 133 performances
  • Oct 21 "Banjo Dancing" opens at Century Theater NYC for 38 performances
  • Oct 23 "Tintypes" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 93 performances
  • Oct 24 John Lennon releases "(Just Like) Starting Over" in UK
  • Oct 25 Barbra Streisand's "Guilty" album goes #1 for 3 weeks & her single "Woman In Love," goes #1 for 3 weeks
  • Nov 17 John Lennon releases "Double Fantasy" album in UK

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Nov 21 John Lennon and Yoko Ono pose nude for photographer Allan Tannenbaum

Artist & Musician Yoko Ono
Artist & Musician
Yoko Ono
Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Nov 30 "Banjo Dancing" closes at Century Theater NYC after 38 performances
  • Nov 30 "Perfectly Frank" opens at Helen Hayes Theater NYC for 16 performances
  • Nov 30 "West Side Story" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 341 performances
  • Dec 4 2 months after death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin breaks up
  • Dec 8 Annie Leibovitz has a photo-shoot with John Lennon, the last person to professionally photograph him before his death
  • Dec 13 "Perfectly Frank" closes at Helen Hayes Theater NYC after 16 performances