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John Martyn's concert at The Collegiate Theatre, University College, London, UK, is transmitted by BBC2 tv on The Old Grey Whistle Test.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays at The Mocambo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays at The Century Theatre, Buffalo, New York State, USA.
Queen play in The Civic Centre, Saginaw, Michigan, USA.
Bob Dylan releases his first boxed set, Masterpieces, a career-spanning 3-LP set, in Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Bob Dylan plays the third of five nights at The Budokan, Tokyo, Japan.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays the second of two nights at The Palladium, New York City, USA.
The Young Ones play at The Marquee Club, London, UK. They will not last long, but one member, Paul 'Wix' Wickens, will go on to a lengthy career as MD in Paul McCartney's band.
Eleven Lebanese Fatah fighters land on a beach in northern Israel and hijack two buses full of passengers on the Haifa - Tel-Aviv road, shooting at passing vehicles in what will become known as the Coastal Road massacre. They kill 37 and wound 76 Israelis before being killed in a firefight with Israeli forces. In retaliation, Israel will invade Lebanon three days later. The 1984 Human League song, The Lebanon, will be inspired by the many years of ongoing violence in the region.
The Police sign a recording contract with A And M Records.
Leif Garrett takes part in the annual March Of Dimes Walk-a-Thon in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The event, attended by 30,000 walkers, sets a new record, raising $200,000.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays at The Saint George Theatre, Staten Island, New York, USA.
Robert Smith of Crawley, UK, band Easy Cure buys some musical equipment for the group - a Bon Tempi organ, a Top 20 guitar and a WEM amplifier. (The group will soon re-name itself The Cure).
Queen play the first of two nights at The Ahoy Hallen, Rotterdam, Holland, Europe.
Singer Carolyn Dennis returns for a third audition to join Bob Dylan's band in Santa Monica, California, USA. She is invited to join Dylan for rehearsals.
Bob Dylan records Changing Of The Guards at Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, California.
Jackson Browne plays an unannounced free concert in Barnwell, South Carolina, USA, for protesters against the Savannah River Nuclear Plant.
The Rolling Stones release a new single, Miss You, on Rolling Stones Records in the USA.
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Electric Light Orchestra play the first of eight nights at the Empire Pool, Wembley, London.
Bob Dylan plays the third of seven nights at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles.
The Rolling Stones album Some Girls is certified as a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
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Bob Dylan attends a Robert Gordon concert at the Music Machine, Camden Town, London, UK. Sid Vicious attends the same gig and, according to some reports, threatens Dylan with a knife.
Bob Dylan plays the last of six nights live at Earl's Court, London, UK.
While in Rotterdam, Holland, Europe, for a gig, Bob Dylan visits the Rembrandt Museum and Anne Frank's house.
Teddy Bunn, a top-rated American blues and jazz guitarist in the 1930s, dies in Lancaster, California, USA. In a long career, he had worked with Sidney Bechet, Hadda Brooks, Johnny Dodds, J.C. Higginbotham, Lionel Hampton, Jimmie Noone and others.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays in Calgary, Canada.
The Rolling Stones reach No1 in Billboard's Top 40 singles chart in the USA with Miss You.
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Black Sabbath begin the first leg of a massive North American tour at Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, with Van Halen in support.
World-famed singer and actress Gracie Fields officially opens The Gracie Fields Theatre in her home town, Rochdale, Lancashire, UK.
Black Sabbath play in Fresno, California, USA.
When Wire play at London Polytechnic, London, England, UK, support band The Cure turn up too late to play.
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Dire Straits release their debut album, Dire Straits, on Vertigo Records in the UK.
Bandleader and Latin percussionist Jack Del Rio dies in Los Angeles, California, USA. He worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Lalo Schifrin and others, but was perhaps best-known as the fourth husband of Peggy Lee.
The Sex Pistols' manager Malcolm McLaren hires the legal firm of Prior, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn, to defend the band's former bassist Sid Vicious, who has been arrested on a charge of murdering his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. On the same day, UK pop paper the NME (New Musical Express) reports that Irish punk band The Undertones has been signed to a worldwide deal by Sire Records.
The Rolling Stones issue a statement to the press, apologising for the offensive and discriminatory lyrics of their song Some Girls. Many observers perceive the apology as a cynical attempt to crawl out of responsibility for lyrics that were blatantly mysogynistic and racist.
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Queen begin their Jazz tour of the USA at The Convention Center, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at the Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon.
Bob Dylan plays at The Hec Edmondson Pavilion, University Of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Tubeway Army release their debut album in the UK. Their singer Gary Numan will go on to international success.
Bob Dylan plays at the A.S.U. Activities Center, Tempe, Arizona.
Neil Young earns a gold disc for sales of the album Comes A Time in the USA from the R.I.A.A.
Bob Dylan plays at the Tarrant County Convention Center Arena, Fort Worth, Texas.
San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, are shot and killed in City Hall, San Francisco, California, USA, by former Supervisor Dan White. The life and death of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office in the United States, will inspire at least two songs. Singer/songwriter Holly Near will compose Singing for Our Lives, also known as Song For Harvey Milk, and Daniel Versus The World will write Closet [Song For Harvey Milk].
Van Halen begin recording their second album, Van Halen II, in Sunset Sound studios, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Bob Dylan plays at The Coliseum, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Rush play the first of three nights at The International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The album As In Sleep - Songs Of Bob Dylan, sung in Austrian by singer-songwriter Wolfgang Ambros, peaks at No8 in the Austrian albums chart.
Tapper Zukie plays at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London, UK.
Tapper Zukie plays at Tiffany's, Edinburgh, Scotland, supported by Cygnus.
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Bob Dylan sets up his own record label, Accomplice Records, but little more is ever heard of it.
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