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This Week in the 80s – Feb. 7 -13

February 7 – (1979) The Clash kicked off their first concert of their first American tour at the Berkeley Community Theatre outside San Francisco.

Ticket stub from The Clash’s debut concert of first North American tour now sells for $58.50. Courtesy: ebay.com

 

February 8 – (1984) Happy Birthday Cecily Strong (American comedienne) & (1989) Julio Jones (NFL wide receiver)

February 9 – (1981) Phil Collins releases his first solo album, Face Value; while the album would end up a smash success, Collins would remain a member of Genesis until 1995.

Phil Collins’ Face Value album was released Feb 9, 1981.  Forty years later, it sells on ebay for under $10.00.  Courtesy: audio.com

February 10 – (1978) Van Halen debuts with a self-titled album; Eddie Van Halen introduces a powerful new sound and guitar technique to world, while David Lee Roth is ushered in as the front man.

(1979) Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” hit No. 1 on the Billboard magazine charts, and stays there for 4 weeks.

 

February 11 – (1979) 43 million viewers watch “Elvis!” on ABC, a made-for-TV movie starring Kurt Russell as Elvis.

A Pre-Snake Plisskin Kurt Russell (r) portrayed Elvis Presley (l) in “Elvis!”, a 1979 made-for-television movie.

February 12 – (1981) Rush release the highly regarded album Moving Pictures which eventually becomes the band’s sixth platinum album.

February 13 – (1990) An agreement is reached on a two-stage plan to reunite Germany.

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