1980 was an eclectic year in the UK singles charts.
We saw artists as varied as Kenny Rogers, Odyssey and The Jam striving for the coveted Number One position in the UK singles chart. That all three made it at one stage or another, alongside artists of the calibre of David Bowie, The Specials and Blondie says a great deal about the habits of the UK record buying public.
In the album chart, there were a large number of greatest hits compilations by people as diverse as Rod Stewart, The Shadows, Rose Royce and Abba. New material from Bowie, The Police, McCartney and Peter Gabriel also found its way to the top of that particular greasy pole.
Towards the end of the year we saw the death of two great stars of UK Music. On 25 September, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham was found dead the day after a heavy drinking session – he had choked on his own vomit. If that were not bad enough, on 8 December 1980, Mark David Chapman of Fort Worth, Texas gunned down Beatles legend John Lennon outside his New York apartment building.
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