1984 Radio Oldies

In 1984

* Singer Marvin Gaye was shot and killed by his father on April 1, 1984, the day before his 45th birthday.

* The Cosby Show debuts on NBC. The sitcom is widely considered the most popular show of the 1980s.

* Vanessa Williams the first African-American to win the Miss America title was forced to give up her crown ten months later when nude photos of her were sold to Penthouse.

* The Supreme Court rules that taping television shows at home on VCRs does not violate copyright law.

* Ronald Reagan was re-elected to his second term as US President, defeating Walter Mondale. In an historic move, Mondale selected Representaive Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate, the first time a woman appeared on the ticket for vice president.

* Molecular biologist Alec Jeffreys develops DNA testing.

* Motorola introduced its 28-ounce 'DynaTAC' cellular phone into commercial service. Each phone cost a whopping $3,500.

Michael Jackson's hair caught on fire during the shooting of a Pepsi commercial.

* A Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, began leaking 27 tons of the deadly gas methyl isocyanate killed 2,000 people and an additional 150,000 suffered ailments later.

* Mass marketing of cellular phones to the general public started in 1984. It was considered a technical marvel by which people could reach into their pockets, then simply make a call to someone - anywhere in the world. This new wireless gadget was bulky, expensive to operate and seemed like just another toy on the wish list of those who had lots of money.

Hits of 1984

Billboard FM 1984

Billboard Hits of 1984

* What's Love Got To Do With It - Tina Turner
* When Doves Cry - Prince
* Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
* Against All Odds - Phil Collins
* 99 Luft Balloons - Nena
* Like A Virgin - Madonna
* Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
* Jump - VanHalen
* I'm So Excited - Pointer Sisters
* Oh Sherrie - Steve Perry
* Footloose - Kenny Loggins
* Owner Of A Lonely Heart - Yes
* Missing You - John Waite
* Sister Christian - Night Ranger
* Sad Songs - Elton John
* I Just Called To Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
* Heart Of Rock N' Roll - Huey Lewis
* Pink Houses - John Cougar
* Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen

Way Back

Born in 1984

Katy Perry

Katy Perry
Avril Lavigne
Scarlett Johansson
Trey Songz
Prince Harry
Olly Murs
K Michelle
Dahvie Vanity
LeBron James
Katrina Kaif