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25 musicians who celebrated their Independence Day in the '80s

Forget about #Brexit. Leaving the nest has been controversial (and many times successful) for decades in the music business. Not every artist in today's list broke up with their band during the '80s, but they all left a big mark on our decade. 

Here are 25 artists who celebrated their "independence" in the 1980s, listed alphabetically.

BOBBY BROWN
Date of independence: 1985
Previous band: New Edition
Biggest '80s hits: My Prerogative, Every Little Step

BELINDA CARLISLE
Date of independence: 1985
Previous band: The Go-Gos
Biggest '80s hits: I Get Weak, Heaven Is a Place on Earth

PHIL COLLINS
Date of independence: 1981
Previous band: Genesis
Biggest '80s hits: In the Air Tonight, Easy Lover

DENNIS DEYOUNG
Date of independence: 1984
Previous band: Styx
Biggest '80s hits: Desert Moon, Don't Wait for Heroes

BRUCE DICKINSON
Date of independence: 1989
Previous band: Iron Maiden
Biggest '80s hits: Tattooed Millionaire (1990)

BRYAN FERRY
Date of independence: 1973
Previous band: Roxy Music
Biggest '80s hits: Slave to Love, Kiss and Tell

GLENN FRY
Date of independence: 1980
Previous band: The Eagles
Biggest '80s hits: The Heat is On, You Belong to the City

PETER GABRIEL
Date of independence: 1976
Previous band: Genesis
Biggest '80s hits: Sledgehammer, Don't Give Up

SAMMY HAGAR
Date of independence: 1976
Previous band: Montrose
Biggest '80s hits: Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy, I Can't Drive 55

DON HENLEY
Date of independence: 1980
Previous band: The Eagles
Biggest '80s hits: Dirty Laundry, The Boys of Summer

JERMAINE JACKSON
Date of independence: 1972
Previous band: The Jackson 5
Biggest '80s hits: Let's Get Serious, Do What You Do

MICHAEL JACKSON
Date of independence: 1972
Previous band: The Jackson 5
Biggest '80s hits: Billie Jean, Beat It

JOAN JETT
Date of independence: 1979
Previous band: The Runaways
Biggest '80s hits: I Love Rock 'n' Roll, Crimson and Clover

GEORGE MICHAEL
Date of independence: 1987
Previous band: Wham!
Biggest '80s hits: Careless Whisper, Faith 

MORRISSEY
Date of independence: 1988
Previous band: The Smiths
Biggest '80s hits: Suedehead, The Last of the Famous International Playboys

STEVIE NICKS
Date of independence: 1981
Previous band: Fleetwood Mac
Biggest '80s hits: Stop Draggin' My Heart Around, Talk To Me

STEVE PERRY
Date of independence: 1984
Previous band: Journey
Biggest '80s hits: Oh Sherrie, Foolish Heart

ROBERT PLANT
Date of independence: 1980
Previous band: Led Zeppelin
Biggest '80s hits: Big Log, In the Mood

LIONEL RICHIE
Date of independence: 1982
Previous band: Commodores
Biggest '80s hits: Hello, Say You Say Me

DAVID LEE ROTH
Date of independence: 1985
Previous band: Van Halen
Biggest '80s hits: California Girls, Just Like Paradise

STING
Date of independence: 1984
Previous band: The Police
Biggest '80s hits: If You Love Somebody Set Them Free, Russians

PETE TOWNSHEND
Date of independence: 1972
Previous band: The Who
Biggest '80s hits: Rough Boys, Let My Love Open the Door

JOHN WAITE
Date of independence: 1982
Previous band: The Babys
Biggest '80s hits: Missing You, Change

STEVE WINWOOD
Date of independence: 1977
Previous band: Traffic
Biggest '80s hits: While You See a Chance, Still in the Game

PETER WOLF
Date of independence: 1983
Previous band: J. Geils Band
Biggest '80s hits: Lights Out, Come as You Are

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[Last modified: Monday, July 4, 2016 9:55am]

    

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