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Subject: Singers/bands who made comebacks in the 80's

Written By: whistledog on 09/20/20 at 7:19 pm

Whether it be a singer or band from earlier decades, who are some who had a period of absence from popular music, but made a popular comeback in the 80s?

A big one that comes to mind is Marvin Gaye.  Chartwise, he struggled in the late 70s, despite achieving the pole position in the US with Got to Give it Up in 1977.  Outside of the R&B charts however, he wouldn't chart another major hit until Sexual Healing in 1982, which some consider to be his signature song.  I often wonder just how much more popular his comeback would have furthered had his life not come to a tragic end. 

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Subject: Re: Singers/bands who made comebacks in the 80's

Written By: whistledog on 09/20/20 at 7:50 pm

Eric Carmen, lead singer for The Raspberries.  They had 7 charting singles in the US/Canada from 1972-1974 before Carmen went solo in 1975 to grand success with several singles.  His 1978 song Change of Heart was his last Top 40 single in the US/Canada until 1985 when he peaked at #35 in the US with I Wanna Hear it From Your Lips.  Two years later, he released Hungry Eyes which became his comeback for most of the rest of the world and one of the most recognizable songs of the decade!

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Subject: Re: Singers/bands who made comebacks in the 80's

Written By: CatwomanofV on 09/21/20 at 1:03 pm

Tina Turner.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGpFcHTxjZs


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Subject: Re: Singers/bands who made comebacks in the 80's

Written By: Voiceofthe70s on 09/21/20 at 1:14 pm


Tina Turner.
Cat


Probably the single biggest of the 80s comebacks.

Subject: Re: Singers/bands who made comebacks in the 80's

Written By: CatwomanofV on 09/21/20 at 1:21 pm


Probably the single biggest of the 80s comebacks.



Yup.


Cat

Subject: Re: Singers/bands who made comebacks in the 80's

Written By: wagonman76 on 09/21/20 at 7:50 pm

How about Cher? She had hits in the 60s and 70s. Maybe very early 80s. Then she took some time to do some acting. Then in late 80s came back as a powerhouse.

Subject: Re: Singers/bands who made comebacks in the 80's

Written By: nally on 09/21/20 at 7:53 pm

Beach Boys. They had the bulk of their hits in the 1960s, and a small number of 1970s hits. But in 1988 they had a big hit with "Kokomo."

Subject: Re: Singers/bands who made comebacks in the 80's

Written By: Howard on 09/22/20 at 7:37 am

I would definitely put Michael Jackson in this category.

Subject: Re: Singers/bands who made comebacks in the 80's

Written By: yelimsexa on 09/22/20 at 7:52 am

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Michael Jackson/The Jacksons never really went away for long since they hit it big in 1970. They just took their fame to new heights.

Commercially, David Bowie's 1983 Let's Dance album with the mega hit title track and "Modern Love" took his sales to new heights, even if meant an artistic sellout. A far cry from his early '70s glam rock and mid-'70s funk rock styles.

Chicago 16 with "Hard To Say I'm Sorry" was another great example of being commercial, yet selling your soul, even though that warning was hinted as early as Chicago X.

Aretha Franklin had a pretty big comeback around 1985 with "Freeway of Love" and "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves" with Annie Lennox.

Then in a special case both in terms of music and TV, the Monkees had a big one in 1986 when MTV and later Nickelodeon and even some other syndication outlets aired their classic shows (there was even a Monkees marathon), and there was also a reunion tour.

The Kinks came back in 1983 with "Come Dancing".

Then you had more of those who never truly went away: The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, even Pavarotti, who if anything, received even more recognition in that decade than what he had built up previously. The last three mostly appealed to the over 35 crowd though during the 1980s as unlike the others, they didn't receive MTV airplay, being non-rock singers.

Subject: Re: Singers/bands who made comebacks in the 80's

Written By: pell on 10/09/20 at 8:39 pm

The Monkees.

I was going to say Aerosmith, but I guess that was more of a return to the spotlight than a comeback.

Subject: Re: Singers/bands who made comebacks in the 80's

Written By: batfan2005 on 10/12/20 at 12:47 pm

How about Roy Orbison and the Traveling Wilburys members?

Subject: Re: Singers/bands who made comebacks in the 80's

Written By: Howard on 10/13/20 at 7:46 am

Paul Simon

Subject: Re: Singers/bands who made comebacks in the 80's

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/13/20 at 8:56 am


Paul Simon
Just by the release of his discs, especially during the 70s, he never went away.

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