On August 15, 1983, “Epic” label released “Next Position Please”, the seventh Cheap Trick studio album. It was recorded in December 1982, at “Utopia Sound” in Lake Hill, New York, and was produced by Todd Rundgren and Ian Taylor.
Robin Zander – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
Rick Nielsen – lead guitar, backing vocals
Jon Brant – bass, backing vocals
Bun E. Carlos – drums, percussion
Todd Rundgren – guitar, engineer
Paul Klingberg – engineer
Chris Andersen – engineer
John Berg – design
David Kennedy – photography
All tracks by Rick Nielsen, except where noted.
I Can’t Take It – Robin Zander
I Don’t Love Here Anymore
Next Position Please
Younger Girls – Robin Zander, Rick Nielsen
Dancing the Night Away – Nick Garvey, Andy McMaster
On April 30, 1982, “Jive” label released the self-titled, debut A Flock of Seagulls album. It was recorded in 1981, at “Battery Studios”, and was produced by Mike Howlett and Bill Nelson. In 1983, the album track “D.N.A.” won a “Grammy Award” for “Best Rock Instrumental Performance”.
Mike Score – lead vocals, keyboards, additional rhythm guitar
Paul Reynolds – lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Frank Maudsley – bass guitar, backing vocals
Ali Score – drums, percussion
Mark Dearnley – engineer
Mike Shipley – engineer
“BillBo” – mastering
All tracks by Mike Score, Ali Score, Frank Maudsley and Paul Reynolds.
On March 12, 2013, Clive Burr died aged 56. He was musician (drums), member of the bands Praying Mantis, Stratus, Alcatrazz, Gogmagog, Trust, Elixir, Desperado, and Samson, but was best known as drummer of Iron Maiden (1979 – 1982).
On January 11, 1984, “Sire” label released “Learning to Crawl”, the third Pretenders studio album. It was recorded May 1982 – 1983, at “Air Studios” in London, and was produced by Chris Thomas. The album was certified Platinum in US by “RIAA”.
Chrissie Hynde – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica
Robbie McIntosh – lead guitar, backing vocals
Malcolm Foster – bass guitar, backing vocals
Martin Chambers – lead and backing vocals, drums, percussion
Billy Bremner – vocals, lead and rhythm guitar
Tony Butler – bass guitar
Andrew Bodnar – vocals, bass guitar
Paul Carrack – vocals, piano
Steve Churchyard – engineer
Peter Barrett – art direction
Paul Cox – front cover photography
All tracks by Chrissie Hynde, except where noted.
Middle of the Road
Back on the Chain Gang
Time the Avenger
Watching the Clothes
My City Was Gone
Thin Line Between Love and Hate – Richard Poindexter, Robert Poindexter, Jackie Members
On December 17, 1982, Joseph Lee “Big Joe” Williams died aged 79. He was musician (guitar), singer, and songwriter, best known for his distinctive sound of his nine-string guitar. His songs “Baby Please Don’t Go”, “Crawlin’ King Snake” and “Peach Orchard Mama”, were covered by many artists. In October 1992, Williams was inducted into the “Blues Hall of Fame”. As a leader he released sixteen studio and one live album.
On December 8, 1981, Walter Horton aka Big Walter Horton or Walter “Shakey” Horton died aged 60. He was musician (harmonica), regarded as one of the best harmonica players in the blues history. Willie Dixon said about Horton “the best harmonica player I ever heard”, and Robert Palmer named him as “one of the three great harmonica soloists of modern blues”. In 1982, Horton was posthumously inducted into the “Blues Hall of Fame”.