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Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays at The Roxy, Los Angeles, California, USA.
XTC play at The Bataclan, Paris, France, Europe.
Dire Straits play at The University Of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.
Emerson, Lake And Palmer play at The International, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Runaways play at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
With a tour of the Far East in prospect, Bob Dylan holds two press conferences in Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, California, one for Australian journalists and one for Japanese.
Johnny Thunders Allstars, featuring members of The Hot Rods and Snatch, play at The Speakeasy, London, UK.
At The P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, Eric Clapton begins a massive North American tour to promote the album Slowhand.
Turk Murphy's Jazz Band plays at Earthquake McGoon's, San Francisco, California, USA.
Bob Dylan plays the second of three nights at Matsishita Denki Taiibukan, Hirakata City, Osaka Fu, Japan.
Bob Dylan releases his first boxed set, Masterpieces, a career-spanning 3-LP set, in Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
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.
Nick Lowe scores his biggest hit single when I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass enters the UK Singles Chart where it will peak at No7 during an eight-week run.
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Bob Dylan plays the last of three nights at the Meyer Music Bowl, Melbourne, Australia.
Squeeze play at the Oasis, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
Queen begin a European tour at the Ice Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden.
Because of background vocalist Debbie Dye leaving Bob Dylan's band after the recent tour of the Far East, two singers audition unsuccessfully in Santa Monica, California, USA.
R'n'b and jazz guitarist George Benson enters the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart with On Broadway, which will peak at No7 during a ten-week run on the chart.
Having done well in her auditions, background singer Carolyn Dennis has her first rehearsal with Bob Dylan's band in Santa Monica, California.
Bob Dylan is working on Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power), Is Your Love In Vain, New Pony and other songs at Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, California, USA.
Bob Dylan is working on Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power), Is Your Love In Vain?, New Pony and other songs at Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, California, USA.
AC/DC play at The Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon.
Bob Dylan attends a Robert Gordon concert at the Music Machine, Camden Town, London. Sid Vicious attends the same gig and, according to some reports, threatens Dylan with a knife.
Kenny Rogers records The Gambler in a morning session at Jack Clement Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Later the same day, he records All I Ever Need Is You with Dottie West.
The Riverboat Coffee House in Yorkeville, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, closes down. Opened in October 1964, it was Canada's most celebrated coffee house, staging gigs by Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot and countless others.
Bob Dylan's album Street Legal enters the UK albums chart where it will peak at No2 during a twenty week run.
Bob Dylan goes to see the stage musical, Evita, in London, UK.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Touring in support of his album Bat Out Of Hell, Meat Loaf plays in Rockfield Community College Fieldhouse, Suffern, New York State, USA.
Chicago play at The Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park, New York City, USA.
White chocolate lollipops shaped like teddy bears are given out to the audience, when soul crooner Teddy Pendergrass performs a show ‘For Women Only’ at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, USA.
Danielle Peck is born at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA. Raised in Ohio, she will find success in 2006 with her self-titled debut album and her first hit single, Findin' A Good Man.
The Grateful Dead play the first of three shows on consecutive nights at The Sound And Light Amphitheatre, The Great Pyramid, Egypt, Africa. One stated aim of the shows is said to be stoppping the Arab-Israeli War.
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Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights in Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
When Wire play at London Polytechnic, London, England, UK, support band The Cure turn up too late to play.
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Michael Jackson makes his big screen debut as The Scarecrow in The Wiz, an all-black remake of The Wizard of Oz.
Queen begin their Jazz tour of the USA at The Convention Center, Dallas, Texas, USA.
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 release a new album, Jazz, on Elektra Records in the USA.
The Clash release their second album, Give 'Em Enough Rope, in the UK.
Tubeway Army release their debut album in the UK. Their singer Gary Numan will go on to international success.
Neil Young earns a gold disc for sales of the album Comes A Time in the USA from the R.I.A.A.
A disco version of the Dr Who tv show theme by Mankind enters the UK singles chart where it will peak at No25 during a twelve-week run on the chart.
Deanne Pearson of UK rock weekly the NME reviews a new band at the Marquee Club, London, UK. "Let's face it, they're just not going to make it," she writes. "Punk's dying and Adam And The Ants are dying with it." Ooops.
Bob Dylan plays at the Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee.
Bob Dylan plays at Jefferson Civic Center, Birmingham, Alabama.
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.
Rush play the last of three nights at The International Amphitheatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Tapper Zukie plays at Tiffany's, Edinburgh, Scotland, supported by Cygnus.
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Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo commits the first of 56 murders. He will become known as The Butcher of Rostov and his vile crimes will provide subject matter for such songs as Psychopathy Red by Slayer, Red Ripper Blues [Andrei Chikatilo] by Church of Misery, Sewers by Torture Killer and Ripper von Rostow by Eisblut.
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