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Beach Boys in the 1980s and ’90s

Beach Boys in the 1980s and ’90s

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Dennis Wilson's Death The death, by drowning, of drummer, Dennis Wilson, in December, 1983 temporarily cast doubt over the band's future at the start of the decade, but they soldiered on, employing Dennis's friend and co-drummer, Mike Kowalski as his full-time replacement. Did Mike ever think that The Beach Boys would cease to exist after Dennis's untimely demise? "It was Carl, Mike, Bruce, and Al – they made the decisions and we were the players," replies Mike, "and if they did decide not to tour, then so be it, but it seemed that back then, there was a market - people still wanted to hear it. The nostalgia thing was going on in ’84, ’85, ’86, and The Beach Boys had too many hits, you know what I mean? Too many hits that people wanted to hear, that was part of their growin
Most Popular Pop Music Groups, Singers, Hit Songs of ’80s

Most Popular Pop Music Groups, Singers, Hit Songs of ’80s

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Pop music during the 1980s reflects the ‘me first’ generation. The top 10 solo artists from the 80s garnered about 12% more most-requested songs on the top 50 charts for each year during the 1980s than scored by the top singers during the previous decade. In contrast, musical groups in the 1980s account for 20% fewer top 50 hits than during the 1970s. Even the most successful bands of the 80s were arguably driven by big name individual stars like Bono from U2 and Jon Bon Jovi. Among others, Steve Perry left Journey for a solo career as did Miami Sound Machine’s Gloria Estefan. Consolidating Pop Culture Madness data for the 50 most requested songs from 1980 to 1989, the lists below show the most requested bands and solo artists from that era. Top 10 Pop Music Groups The b