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William Martin Aucoin is born in Ayer, Massachusetts, USA. he will find success as Bill Aucoin, manager of Kiss, Billy Idol and Billy Squier.
Sylvain Mizrahi is born in Cairo, Egypt, Africa. He will find success, after moving to New York City, USA, as Sylvain Sylvain, guitarist of The New York Dolls.
Steve Harley, later to lead Cockney Rebel, is born as Steven Nice, in South London, UK.
Christopher John Holmes is born in Glendale, California, USA. He will find acclaim as a heavy metal guitarist, most prominently with the band W.A.S.P.
The 'N Betweens play at The Woolpack, Wolverhampton, England, UK. The group includes drummer Don Powell and guitarist Dave Hill, who will go on to become half of Slade.
Marc Bolan records The Wizard, Beyond The Risin' Sun and That's The Bag I'm In, at Decca Recording Studios, West Hampstead, London, England, UK.
Venus by Shocking Blue reaches No1 in the ARIA Sinlges Chart in Australia, Oceania, for thie first of two weeks.
The Sweet play at The Intercon, Nottingham, England, UK.
Queen play at The Greyhound, Croydon, England, UK, Europe.
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David Bowie begins work on the film The Man Who Fell To Earth, in New Mexico, USA.
David Bowie is awarded a gold album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA for Young Americans.
David Bowie records an appearance for Cher’s CBS-tv show in Los Angeles, California, USA, during which he duets with his host on Young Americans as part of a medley of other songs.
An inquest into the death of Marc Bolan of T.Rex is held at Battersea Coroner's Court, Battersea, London, England, UK, Europe. Registrar R.A. Hedge states that the cause of Bolan's death was "shock and hemorrhage due to multiple injuries consistent with road traffic accident. Passenger in a private motor car which collided witha tree. A verdict of accidental death is recorded.
Slade play at The Marquee Club, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
UK pop weekly the NME publishes its annual readers' poll, showing The Jam as Best Group of 1981.

Other NME Poll Winners : Altered Images - Best New Act

Siouxsie Sioux - Best Female Singer

David Bowie - Best Male Singer

Paul Weller (The Jam) - Best Songwriter

The Specials' Ghost Town - Best Single

Echo And The Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here - Best Album.

80,000 fans attend a David Bowie gig in Auckland, New Zealand, making it the largest single concert ever held in the Southern Hemisphere.
Poison release their debut LP, Look What The Cat Dragged In, on Enigma Records in the USA. It will be certified trieple-platinum in 1990.
Hair-metal band Tuff play their first show with new vocalist Stevie Rachelle, as support to Warrant at The Roxy, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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A Motley Crue tour of the UK, due to start today at the Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, is cancelled after it is made public that the musician touring with them under the name of Nikki Sixx is not actually the real Nikki Sixx.
The Tokyo Dome stadium is opened in Tokyo, Japan, Asia. It will be used for major sporting events and also concerts by superstars including Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Michael Jackson, David Bowie and the Backstreet Boys.
Alice Cooper plays the second of four sell-out shows at the Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Alice Cooper plays the last of four sell-out shows at the Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
David Bowie plays at The Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
On his Trash tour, Alice Cooper plays at The Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia, Oceania.
On his Sound And Vision Tour, David Bowie plays at B.C. Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Look What The Cat Dragged In by Poison is certified as a triple-platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Ratt release their fifth LP, Detonator, on Atlantic Records in the USA.
On their Hot In The Shade tour, Kiss play at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City, South Dakota, USA.
On the Trash tour, Alice Cooper plays in Kouseinenkin Hall, Osaka, Japan, Asia.
On their Hot In The Shade tour, Kiss play at Center Coliseum, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Stick It To Ya, the debut LP by glam metal band Slaughter is certified as a platinum album by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
On their Hot In The Shade tour, Kiss play at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisonsin, USA, with Winger and Slaughter.
On their Hot In The Shade tour, when Kiss play at The War Memorial Arena, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA, Paul Stanley runs into the guardrail on stage and cracks his ribs, which results in the cancellation of dates later in the month at Sydney, Halifax and Moncton.
The third day of the Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, Somerset, England, UK, stars David Bowie, Suzanne Vega, Burt Bacharach and Willie Nelson.
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John Birch, an English luthier mainly known for his electric guitars, dies at the age of 78. His customers included Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath, Brian May of Queen, Dave Hill and Jim Lea of Slade, Gerry Shephard of The Glitter Band and Roy Orbison.
Michael Kamen, the composer, conductor and orchestral arranger who worked with many rock acts including Pink Floyd, Metallica, Eric Clapton, Queen, David Bowie, dies aged 55 of a heart attack in London, England, UK, Europe. He had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1997. Kamen was also a founding member of the innovative classical crossover band the New York Rock And Roll Ensemble in the late 1960s.
Motley Crue play at Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Motley Crue's Crue Fest 2 plays at the Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, Indiana, USA.
EMI Music Publishing announces that is has extended its existing publishing agreements with some of the world's most successful songwriters, including Amy Winehouse, The Scissor Sisters, Bryan Ferry and Take That members Howard Donald and Jason Orange.
Kiss is the headline act on the second day of the four-day long Rock Im Park, Nuremberg, Germany, Europe.
David Bowie and his wife Iman attend the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards at Lincoln Centre, New York City, USA.
Kiss play at The First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The 1975 single Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen is voted the greatest "lighter in the air song of all time" in a poll conducted by lighter company Zippo, scooping 33 percent of all votes cast.
When Ke$ha plays at Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway, Europe, she is joined onstage by Alice Cooper for a rendition of School's Out.
On their Maiden England World Tour, Iron Maiden play at Aaron's Amphitheater, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, supported by Alice Cooper.
David Bowie releases his 24th album, The Next Day, on ISO Records in Japan, Asia.
Jan Kuehnemund, the founding member and lead guitarist for the all-female glam metal band Vixen, dies in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, aged 51 after a long battle with cancer.
Alice Cooper plays at The Olympiahalle, Innsbruck, Austria, Europe.
Janelle Monae releases a cover version of the David Bowie song Heroes as her latest single. The track, instigated by Pepsi, is part of the drinks giant's global campaign "Now Is What You Make It".
Pete Overend Watts, bass guitarist for Mott The Hoople, dies aged 69 as a result of throat cancer.