In 1968, the Otis Redding album Dock Of The Bay went to No.1 in the UK. The posthumously released album, was his sixth studio album and contained a number of singles and B-sides dating back to 1965 including one of his best known songs, the posthumous hit (Sittin’ On The) Dock Of The Bay.
In 1980, Don McLean had his second UK No.1 single with the Roy Orbison song ‘Crying’. The song had been a No.2 US hit for Orbison in July 1961. In 1987, Orbison re-recorded the song as a duet with k.d. lang (born Kathryn Dawn Lang) as part of the soundtrack for the motion picture, Hiding Out. Their collaboration won the Grammy Award.
In 1985, Bryan Adams started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Heaven’, his first No.1 single, it made No.35 in the UK. The song featured in the film ‘Night In Heaven’.
In 1981, Mark Chapman pleaded guilty to the charge of murdering John Lennon in 1980. He was later sentenced to 20 years to life and remains in jail indefinitely despite several applications for his release.