On This Day

Events in Music in October 1980

Sex Pistols' Break Up

Oct 6 John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols) sentenced to 3 months imprisonment on assault charges

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Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious on stage during the band's last show at Winterland in San Francisco, January 14, 1978
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Music History

Oct 8 After playing two shows at the Madison Square Garden, Bob Marley collapsed in Central Park while jogging, brought to Sloan-Kettering Hospital

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • Oct 12 "Your Arm's Too Short to Box With God" closes at Ambassador Theater, NYC, after 149 performances
  • Oct 12 7 stabbed at Blood, Sweat & Tears concert in Los Angeles

Music Awards

Oct 13 14th Country Music Association Award: Barbara Mandrell, Emmylou Harris, and George Jones win

Country Singer and TV Host Barbara Mandrell
Country Singer and TV Host
Barbara Mandrell
  • Oct 16 "Brigadoon" opens at Majestic Theater NYC for 133 performances

Album Release

Oct 20 Geffen records release their first album, Donna Summer's "The Wanderer"

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer
  • Oct 21 "Banjo Dancing" opens at Century Theater NYC for 38 performances
  • Oct 23 "Tintypes" opens at John Golden Theater NYC for 93 performances

Music Single

Oct 24 John Lennon releases single "(Just Like) Starting Over" in UK

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon

#1 in the Charts

Oct 25 Barbra Streisand's "Guilty" album goes #1 for 3 weeks & her single "Woman In Love," goes #1 for 3 weeks

Singer-Songwriter and Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-Songwriter and Actress
Barbra Streisand