Archive for the ‘1982’ Category

When The Kinks front-man Ray Davies turned 13, his oldest sister Rene, who was 31 at the time, bought him his very first guitar as a birthday gift. That same night, while visiting from her home in Canada, she went dancing at the Lyceum Ballroom in London. Due to a weak heart from childhood rheumatic fever, Rene suffered a fatal heart attack and died at the ballroom. Twenty-five years later, Davies wrote “Come Dancing” filled with memories of his sister and her love of dancing. The song, recorded for their STATE OF CONFUSION (1983) album, reached #6 on Billboard and became one of the band’s highest charting singles.

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There is a misconception that early 80’s New Wave bands were all just electronics but no real musicianship compared to rock groups – not true with Missing Persons. The band was formed by four long-time members of Frank Zappa’s ‘cast’ of musicians who played and recorded with the prolific artist. Missing Persons was a must-see among the Los Angeles live music scene and, with the help of MTV, found early success on their first release SPRING SESSION M (1982). After the band broke up, Terry Bozzio would earn a reputation as a ‘drummer extraordinaire’ and was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1997. Vocalist Dale Bozzio signed on to Prince’s Paisley Park label for her 1st solo record. Guitarist Warren Cuccurullo replaced Andy Taylor as a member of Duran Duran in 1986 and played with the popular band for 15 years. And bass player Patrick O’Hearn became an acclaimed New Age artist and composer for Television/Film.