Originally Adam Ant fronted Adam And The Ants, but later went solo as just Adam Ant. Releasing the albums Kings of the Wild Frontier (1980), Prince Charming (1981), Friend or Foe (1982) Strip (1983) and Vive Le Rock (1985) during the 80s, Adam Ant became a sensation with his form of Ant music. He had 10 UK top ten hits from 1980 to 1983, including three UK No. 1 singles. Adam Ant was diagnosed as Bi-Polar when he was just 21 years old. Adam dated actresses Amanda Donohoe and Jamie Lee Curtis in the 80s and actress Heather Graham in the early 1990s. Next up Adam is set to continue his Friend Or Foe Tour which was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Adam turned 66 years old in November of 2020.
Back in the 80s, Jon Bon Jovi was Livin’ On A Prayer and cranking out hit after hit. And while, Jon still tours and records, he spends a lot of his time helping those less fortunate. The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation was founded in 2006. It supports community efforts to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. On October 19, 2011, it opened the JBJ Soul Kitchen, a community restaurant where patrons pay what they can afford for their meals, either with money or by volunteering work. Jon Bon Jovi turned 59 years old in 2021.
Cyndi’s album She’s So Unusual (1983) was the first debut album by a female artist to achieve four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100—”Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, “Time After Time”, “She Bop”, and “All Through the Night”—and earned Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985. Lauper has sold over 50 million records worldwide. Cyndi Lauper has been an LGBT rights supporter throughout her career, campaigning for equality through various charities. She co-founded the True Colors tour for Human Rights throughout the United States and Canada in June 2007. Cyndi’s latetst album was called Detour which was released in 2016. Cyndi continues to record and tour and she will turn 68 years old in June of 2021.
Hall And Oates
The duo of Daryl Hall And John Oates reached the US Top 40 with 29 of their 33 singles charting on Billboard’s Hot 100. Six of those singles went to # 1. Seven of their albums have been certified platinum and six of them gold. In 2003 Hall & Oates were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2014 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and on in 2016 they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The duo are still recording and performing live. Daryl Hall will turn 75 years old in 2021 and John Oates will turn 73 in 2021.
Howard Joneshad had ten top 40 hit singles in the UK between 1983 and 1986. His 1986 hit single “No One Is to Blame” reached no. 4 on the U.S. charts. Jones has released 13 studio albums to date. His latest album, Transform, was released in 2019. Howard Jones turned 66 years old in 2021.
Joan Jett first made a name for herself as on eof the founding members of the band The Runaways who had a hit with their single “Cherry Bomb”. But it was her work as a solo artist with her band The Blackhearts that made her a household name. The hit single “I Love Rock N’ Roll” was #1 on the Billboard charts for seven weeks in 1982. Jett also scored big with songs like “Bad Reputation”, “Crimson and Clover”, “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)”, “Light of Day”, “I Hate Myself for Loving You”. In 2015, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Joan has been a consistent supporter of the United States Armed Forces throughout her career and has toured for the United Service Organizations for over 20 years. Joan Jett has released 12 studio albums to date with her latest being called “Unvarnished” in 2013. Joan Jett will turn 63 years old in 2021.
Kenny Loggins is oftend referred to as the King of the Soundtrack. He scored big hits with soundtrack songs for Footloose, Caddyshack and Top Gun during the 80s. Loggins has released 14 studio solo albums to date and he still continues to perform and record. Kenny has won two Grammy awards during the 1980s. Loggins is known as a generous fundraiser for numerous charities. Kenny Loggins turned 73 in January of 2021.
Her debut single “Kids in America”, reached number two in the UK. In 1983. Kim’s version of the song “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” topped the U.S. Billboard charts in 1987 and was a smash hit. Worldwide, Kim Wilde has sold over 10 million albums and 20 million singles. Wilde holds the record for being the most-charted British female solo act of the 1980s, with seventeen UK Top 40 hit singles. Kim Wilde has released 14 studio albums to date with her latest being “Here Come The Aliens” in 2018. Kim Wilde turned 60 in November of 2020.
Madonna is often referred to as the “Queen of Pop” and is considered one of the most influential in popular culture. With sales of over 300 million records worldwide, Madonna is certified as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records. Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. Madonna has released 14 studio albums to date with the latest being Madame X in 2019. Madonna turned 62 in 2020.
Pat Benatar is a four-time Grammy Award winner. In the U.S. she has had two multi-Platinum albums, five Platinum albums, and 15 Billboard Top 40 singles. Pat has been married to her second husband, guitarist Neil Giraldo, since 1982. Benatar has released 12 studio albums to date with “Go” being the latest released in 2003. She still performs live and although she’s considered a solo artist she has worked many of the same band members for most of her career, including her husband. n June 2010, Benatar’s memoir, Between a Heart and a Rock Place was released and became a New York Times Best-Seller. Pat Benatar turned 68 years old in 2021.