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  • Writer's pictureRobbie - The 80s Rewind Show Podcast

Reviving the Fab Four's Legacy in the 80s.

The 1980s saw the former members of The Beatles pursuing their solo careers in various ways, with mixed success.

John Lennon, unfortunately, did not live to see much of the 1980s as he was tragically murdered in December of 1980. However, he did release two solo albums in the late 1970s that continued to have an impact into the early 1980s. "Double Fantasy" and "Milk and Honey" were released posthumously and included some of Lennon's most well-known songs, such as "Watching the Wheels" and, "Nobody Told Me."

Paul McCartney had a successful decade, releasing several solo albums and collaborating with other musicians. His 1982 album "Tug of War" was well-received, including the hit single "Ebony and Ivory" with Stevie Wonder. McCartney also formed a new band, The Traveling Wilburys, with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty, releasing two albums in 1988 and 1990.

George Harrison released several solo albums in the 1980s, with "Cloud Nine" perhaps the most successful. The album included the hit single "Got My Mind Set on You" and featured Jeff Lynne and Eric Clapton's contributions. Harrison also organized two benefit concerts for the people of Bangladesh in 1981 and 1985.

Ringo Starr continued to release albums throughout the 1980s, but his success was more limited than the other former Beatles. His 1981 album "Stop and Smell the Roses" included the hit single "Wrack My Brain," written and produced by George Harrison. Starr also acted in several films during the 1980s, including "Caveman" and "Princess Daisy."

Overall, the 1980s were a decade of continued creativity and success for most of The Beatles' members in their solo careers, despite the tragic loss of John Lennon.


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