Barry ManilowWhen Poplar Creek opened in 1980, Barry Manilow was in the lineup for three nights and then he disappeared for two years.  In June of 1983 he came back with a bang–and he didn’t even have an album to push.  He appeared for a record four shows with a strong lineup of songs from all of those popular albums from the 70’s and 80’s.  Only Bette Midler came close to being as popular with her three shows in July.

The 1983 season of summer opened with The Beach Boys–an appropriate choice.  There was a mix of solo acts and group acts with even some comedians thrown in for good measure.  David Brenner, who recently passed away in 2014, was the opening act for Melissa Manchester and Gary Shandling, another Tonight show favorite, opened for Donna Summer.  Interesting that these two acts were on back to back nights.

It was also apparent the disco sound was waning with only Donna Summer booked to satisfy that genre.  Country  was still popular judging by the appearances of the Charlie Daniels Band, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and The Oak Ridge Boys.  oak ridge boys

The number of acts continuing their run of appearing at Poplar Creek every year since it opened dropped from seven to six in 1983.  The six who appeared included The Beach Boys,  Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, Jefferson Starship and Santana.  Only Anne Murray dropped out from the year before.  Which one of these six would not appear in 1984?

The year ended with a two-day run of The Moody Blues.  Was there anyone you were able to see in 1983?  Did they put on a good show?  Anything memorable?  Share it with us!

June 5                                                 The Beach Boys

June 8                                                 Waylon Jennings

June 11                                              Darryl Hall & John Oates

June 18                                              Shirley Bassey

June 19                                              Chicago

June 21                                              Charlie Daniels Band

June 22, 23, 25 & 26                       Barry Manilow

June 27 & 28                                     The Grateful Dead

July 2                                                  Kool & the Gang

July 6                                                  Joni Mitchell

July 7 & 8                                           Engelbert Humperdinck

July 9 & 10                                         Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

July 11                                                Eric Clapton, The Blasters

July 12                                                Donna Summer, Gary Shandling

July 13                                                Melissa Manchester, David Brenner

July 14, 15, 16                                  Bette Midler

July 17                                                Donny, Marie and the Osmond Brothers

July 18                                                The B-52s

July 19                                                Air Supply

July 20                                                Paul Anka

July 21                                                Jimmy Buffett & the Coral Reefer Band

July 22                                                Al Jarreau

July 23                                                John Denver

July 29 & 30                                      Tom Jones

July 31                                                Peter, Paul & Mary

August 2                                            Peter Gabriel, The Call

August 3                                            Loverboy, Quiet Riot

August 4 & 5                                     James Taylor

August 7                                            Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson

August 10                                          Utopia

August 11                                          The Animals

August 12 & 13                                 Willie Nelson

August 14                                          Talking Heads

August 17                                          Merle Haggard

August 18                                          Jefferson Starship, Patrick Simmons

August 21                                          The Oak Ridge Boys

August 24                                          Elvis Costello

August 25                                          Kenny Loggins

August 26                                          Sheena Easton

August 27                                          George Benson

August 28                                          American Philharmonic Brass Ensemble  (12:30 p.m.)

August 28                                          Jackson Browne

August 29                                          Men At Work, INXS

September 2                                     Heart

September 3 & 4                              Asia

September 5                                     Culture Club

September 10                                   Santana

September 15                                   Neil Young

September 16 & 17                         Moody Blues

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library

Compiled by Jane Rozek, Local History Librarian, Schaumburg Township District Library

One Response to “POPLAR CREEK’S 4TH SEASON–1983”

  1. Syril Says:

    Story About Barry Manilow…knows my mother..left whole front row for my family..i was 5 yrs old at the time..but he dedicated this ones for you to my brother Paul…my mom asked Barry to do it…her stage name..teri cole..married name now Boyd..

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