Category Archives: 80’s Music Artists

Eighties & 90’s rapper Guru dies

Keith Elam better known by his stage name Guru, an American  rapper and member of the hip-hop duo Gang Starr died on Monday.  On February 28, 2010, Guru went into cardiac arrest and, following surgery, fell into a coma. He was said to have woken from the coma but died on April 19, 2010, after a long battle with multiple myeloma.

Guru founded Gang Starr in 1987, and built a sizable following in the early 1990s, releasing classic albums such as Step in the Arena (1991) and Daily Operation (1992).

In 1993 Guru released his first solo project entitled Jazzmatazz, which became the first in a series of collaborations with jazz and R&B greats such as Ramsey Lewis and Chaka Khan. The album spawned hits “Loungin’”, “No Time to Play” and “Le Bien, Le Mal”, with MC Solaar.

Prior to his death, Guru wrote a letter acknowledging Solaar as his best friend and requesting that his one-time rap partner, DJ Premier be excluded from any situations or connections to Guru.

Bret Michaels is released from Texas hospital

Former Poison frontman Bret Michaels has been released from a Texas hospital following an emergency appendectomy earlier this week.

Early Monday morning, the Celebrity Apprentice star was rushed to Christus Santa Rosa Hospital-Westover Hills in San Antonio, Texas, after suffering from excruciating stomach pains originally thought to be symptoms of the stomach flu. He had remained under the care of his doctors until Wednesday when hospital officials confirmed that Michaels, a diabetic, was released.

Michaels, 47, was in town and set to perform at Sea World San Antonio as part of the theme park’s Bands, Brew & BBQ concert lineup, but the concert has been postponed until Oct. 1.

80’s Artists – B




Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Bad Company

Bad English


Baker, Anita

Balin, Marty



Band Aid




Basil, Toni

Beach Boys, The

Beastie Boys

Bee Gee’s

Belouis Some

Benatar, Pat

Benson, George


Bianco, Matt

Big Audio Dynamite

Big Country


Black Flag

Black, Frank




Blow Monkeys, The

Blue System

Bongo’s, The

Bon Jovi

Book of Love

Boom Boom Room

Boom Crash Opera

Boomtown Rats


Bow Wow Wow

Bowie, David

Boy Meets Girl

Boys Club

Boys Don’t Cry

Branigan, Laura

Breakfast Club


Brickell, Edie and the New Bohemians

Broley, Martin

Bronski Beat


Brothers Johnson, The

Brown, Bobby

Brown, James

Brown, Miquel

Buckingham, Lindsay

Buckner and Garcia

Buggles, The

Bullet Boys

Burnette, Rocky

Burning Sensations

Bush, Kate

80s Artists – C

80’s Heavy Metal – AC/DC – Bio

The Australian rock band AC/DC formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm & Angus Young. AC/DC is usually classified as a hard rock band but are also considered pioneers of heavy metal.

In the 1980’s, AC/DC lost lead singer and co-songwriter, Bon Scott. Scott died on February 19, 1980. After a brief thought of disbanding, AC/DC found singer Brian Johnson to replace Scott. Later that year, the band released their best-selling album, Back in Black.

Their next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You was AC/DC’s first album to reach number one in the US. Other albums released by AC/DC in the 1980’s include: Flick of the Switch, Fly on the Wall, Who Made Who, and Blow Up Your Video.

The name AC/DC

Brothers Malcolm and Angus Young came up with the bands name after their older sister, Margaret Young saw the initials “AC/DC” on a sewing machine. The brothers felt that this name showed the band’s raw energy, power-driven performances, and the love for their music.

Band Members

  • Brian Johnson – lead vocals (1980–present)
  • Angus Young – lead guitar (1973–present)
  • Malcolm Young – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1973–present)
  • Cliff Williams – bass guitar, backing vocals (1977–present)
  • Phil Rudd – drums, percussion (1975–1983, 1994–present)

Former members

  • Dave Evans – lead vocals (1973–74)
  • Bon Scott – lead vocals (1974–80)
  • Mark Evans – bass guitar, backing vocals (1975–77)
  • Simon Wright – drums, percussion (1983–89)
  • Chris Slade – drums, percussion (1989–94)


Back to 80’s Heavy Metal

80’s Artists – A



Abbot, Gregory


Abdul, Paula



Adam Ant

Adams, Bryan


A Flock of Seagulls

After the Fire

Air Supply

Alan Parsons Project

Al B. Sure

Aldo Nova






Art of Noise


Arrows, The


Astley, Rick

Atlantic Starr

Austin, Patti

80’s Artists – B

Madonna’s The Sticky & Sweet Tour CD/DVD

Madonna is still at it and is releasing her Sticky & Sweet Tour CD/DVD March 2010.

The show, which will be distributed by Warner Bros Records, will be available on DVD, Blu-Ray and CD and will include many of the Material Girls hits from the course of her unprecedented career including, ‘4 Minutes,’ ‘Like a Prayer, ‘Hung Up’ and ‘Ray of Light’. Filmed in Buenos Aires, over four days to a crowd exceeding 256,000 fans, the concert also includes a show stopping moment when Madonna performs a historic ‘Don t Cry For Me Argentina’ to a thunderous audience response from her Argentine fans.

Also included are several hits from the multi-Grammy winners most recent CD ‘Hard Candy’ which debuted at No. 1 in 37 countries. The DVD also includes 30 minutes of exclusive footage filmed behind the scenes during the course of the tour.

Order your copy of Madonna’s “The Sticky & Sweet Tour CD/DVD here!

‘My Sharona’ singer Doug Fieger dies at age 57

Doug Fieger lead singer of the band the Knack who sang the 1979 hit “My Sharona” died Sunday, February 14. He was 57.

Fieger said the song “My Sharona” was inspired by a girlfriend he had for four years. “I had never met a girl like her – ever,” he told the Associated Press in a 1994 interview. “She induced madness. She was a very powerful presence. She had an insouciance that wouldn’t quit. She was very self-assured. … She also had an overpowering scent, and it drove me crazy.”

In the 1980’s the song became a pop culture phenomenon. Many songs by the Knack were fueled by young love and teenage lust which included hits like “Good Girls Don’t,” “She’s So Selfish” and “Frustrated.”

Fieger battle cancer for 6 years and in 2006 he underwent surgery to remove two tumors from his brain.

He is survived by a sister, Beth Falkenstein, and his brother Geoffrey Fieger.

A Los Angeles memorial service for friends and family is being planned.

Pat Benatar

Pat Benatar (born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski January 10, 1953) is an American singer and four time Grammy winner. She had considerable commercial success particularly in the United States. During the 1980s, Benatar had two RIAA-certified Multi-Platinum albums, five RIAA-certified Platinum albums, three RIAA-certified Gold albums and 19 Top 40 singles, including “Love Is A Battlefield“, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot“, “We Belong” and “Heartbreaker“. Benatar was one of the most heavily played artists in the early days of MTV.

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