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Motown Records release You Can't Win , a single by Michael Jackson, who is at this time signed to Epic Records.
Elvis Costello plays at Hammersmith Palais, London, UK, supported by Richard Hell And The Voidoids and John Cooper Clarke.
A Human League gig at Notre Dame Hall, Leicester Square, London, is cancelled when the vicar of the neighbouring church objects on moral grounds.
Rickie Lee Jones releases her debut LP, Rickie Lee Jones, on Warner Bros. Records in the USA.
Joy Division play at The Hope And Anchor, Islington, London, England, UK.
The Teardrop Explodes make their vinyl debut with an EP featuring Sleeping Gas, Camera Camera and Kirby Workers Dream Fades.
Rolling Stone magazine reports that inflation has dramatically increased the cost of making and promoting a major label LP to between $350,000 and $500,000.
R'n'b and jazz guitarist George Benson enters the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart with Love Ballad, which will peak at No18 during an eight-week run on the chart.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Armory, Medford, Oregon, USA.
The Cure play at Neeld Hall, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
The Georgia General Assembly adopts the Hoagy Carmichael composition Georgia On My Mind as the Georgia state song.
Queen play at The International Exhibition Hall, Nagoya, Japan, Asia.
Supertramp, led by Swindon-born Rick Davies, enter the American Top 40 singles chart with The Logical Song, which will peak at No6.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play the first of two nights at The Orpheum Theater, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Ted Nugent releases his fifth solo album, State Of Shock, in the UK.
Sixty-four year old blues star Muddy Waters marries twenty-five year old Jean Brooks. Guests at the reception include Eric Clapton.
The song Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen is named as the "Unofficial Youth Rock Anthem" of New Jersey, USA, by the New Jersey State Assembly. Springsteen found this accolade somewhat ironic because the song was "about leaving Jersey."
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Palais Des Sports, Lille, France, Europe.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Birmingham Odeon, Birmingham, UK.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Apollo Theatre, Manchester, UK.
Jean Michel Jarre's first live concert, at the Place de la Concorde, Paris, France, draws an audience of one million people.
2-Tone band The Selecter play their first London gig, at The Electric Ballroom, Camden. The Specials, Madness and The Bodysnatchers are all on the same bill.
The Wiz, an all-black remake of The Wizard of Oz, starring Michael Jackson as The Scarecrow and Diana Ross as Dorothy, is released in Denmark.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play the second of two nights at The St. Paul Theatre, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
The Teardrop Explodes, Echo and the Bunnymen, Joy Division and Essential Logic play at the Prince of Wales Conference Center, Y.M.C.A., London, UK.
Michael Jackson releases his fifth studio album, Off The Wall, on Epic Records in the USA. Produced by Quincy Jones, it will launch him to international superstar standing, selling over nineteen million copies worldwide.
The uncompleted roof of music and sports venue The Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA, collapses, killing five construction workers and injuring 16 others.
Echo And The Bunnymen's first live session for The John Peel Show in London, UK, is broadcast by BBC Radio 1.
Pioneering ska-punk band Madness are signed by Stiff Records in London, UK.
My Sharona by The Knack reaches No1 in the Canadian singles chart.
Alecia Beth Moore is born in Abington Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA. She will find success as pop, dance and rock singer and songwriter Pink.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play the second of two nights at Furitsu Taiiku-Kan, Osaka, Japan.
Slow Train Coming by Bob Dylan peaks at No3 in the Billboard US Top 40 albums chart, during a thirteen-week run.
The Police release the album Regatta De Blanc in the USA. On the same day, Elton John plays the first of eight nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City.
Iron Maiden play at The Ruskin Arms, Manor Park, London, UK.
Madness release a new single, One Step Beyond, in the UK on Stiff Records.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the fourth of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the eighth of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco.
Motorhead set off on their Bomber tour at The Sports Centre, Bracknell, UK, with Saxon as support.
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On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the last of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco.
No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) by Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in the USA, for the first of two weeks.
Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Convention Center, Albequerque, New Mexico, USA.
Swindon, Wiltshire, band XTC play at Satorysale, Koln, Germany, Europe.
Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Convention Center, Albequerque, New Mexico.
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