January 20, 1981: Ronald Reagan sworn in as the 40th president

Ronald Reagan gave his first inaugural address on this day in 1981. He wrote the address himself. The economy was in horrible shape at that time. He addressed the crises by saying “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

He wanted to give the people the power instead of haveing the government control the people.

Up to this point, the U.S. was in very bad shape. We were in the still in the middle of the Cold War, we had just gotten over a great struggle in Vietnam, the Iran hostage crises had been going on for more than a year.

The day of this Inaugural Address, Iran had released the 52 U.S. hostages, after they were held for 444 days.

When Reagan became president, the country grew strong again.

To me, Reagan epitomized the 80’s, so there will be much more on him later.

Teddy Pendergrass: 1950-2010


R&B Singer Teddy Pendergrass passed away January 13, 2010.
Pendergrass was a very successful recording artist until he was slowed down by spinal cord injury, from a car accident in 1982, which left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Pendergrass was the lead singer of the group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes who, in 1972, released the song “If You Don’t Know Me By Now“. The song became a number 1 hit in 1989 by Simply Red.
Another great song he performed was “Hold Me“, which was a duet with Whitney Houston on her debut album.

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“Down Under” hits #1 this week

Men at Work’s “Down Under” hit number 1 on January 15, 1983 which came from their debut album Business as Usual.

“Down Under” was Men at Work’s biggest hit. It is the first song that comes to mind when you mention the group. The song is also synonymous with Men at Work’s native Australia. If it was not for this song, how many of us would have heard of Vegemite sandwiches?

The band had a great run in the early 80’s. Sure, they are most known for “Down Under”, but “Who Can It Be Now” was also a big hit. “Be Good Johnny” was also a fun song, and now I have an ear-worm!

“be good be good, be good be good, be good be good…”

Three other songs I love are “Overkill”, “It’s a Mistake”, and “Dr. Heckle and Mr. Jive”

80's Pop Culture and News

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