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DANCING IN THE DARK - BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - 1984

NEWS

• Molecular biologist Alec Jeffreys develops DNA testing. The Aids Virus is identified by a  French Immunologist.

• Winter Olympics were in Sarajevo – The summer in Los Angles. The Soviet Union announces that it will boycott the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California

• NASA gets a new space shuttle called “Discovery”

• The last Volkswagen Rabbit rolls off the assembly line.

• Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America loses her crown, because of some 'artsy' nude photos taken several years earlier, were published in Penthouse magazine.

 

FADS and ENTERTAINMENT

• MOVIES: “The Terminator” “Amadeus” and “Ghostbusters”.  

• T.V: “Miami Vice” and “The Cosby show.”  

• “Where’s the beef?” Wendy’s ad campaign that became part of our vocabulary.

• The new Apple McIntosh computer debuts. Michael Dell started selling Dell Computers. 

• Lowest PGA score of 63 was played by Gary Player

• The Boston Beer Company, makers of Samuel Adams Beer, was founded.

• Donald Duck turned 50.

 

DEAD

• Indira Gandhi is assassinated.

• Johnny Weissmuller (Tarzan)

• Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union

• Richard Burton

• Marvin Gaye

 

#1@1

• This was the last song written for the Born In the U.S.A. album.

• Springsteen wrote this about his difficulty writing a hit single and his frustration trying to write songs that will please people. Ironically, it was a hit single - the biggest of his career

• This song won Springsteen his first Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance 

• It also won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Stage Performance and in the 1985 Rolling Stone Readers Poll it was voted “song of the year.”

• The track is listed as one of The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

• It held the number one spot on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart for 6 weeks…

• Here’s Bruce Springsteen and “Dancing InThe Dark” your Number 1 At 1 from 1984.

 



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