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A new tv series, The Dukes Of Hazzard, makes its debut on CBS in the USA, starring John Schneider and Tom Wopat as Bo and Luke Duke, but prominently featuring Waylon Jennings, as The Balladeer. Jennings also sings the show's theme song, Good Ol' Boys.
Disco star Sylvester records a live album, Living Proof, in front of a sold out audience a the War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, California, USA. On the same day, Mayor Diane Feinstein awards him the key to the city.
Ralph McTell plays at Central Hall, Chatham, Kent, England, UK, Europe.
Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd are married in The Apostolic Assembly Of Faith In Christ Jesus Church, Tucson, Arizona, USA.
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Joe Willie Wilkins dies aged 58, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. He had achieved success as a blues guitarist, singer and songwriter after moving from Mississippi to Memphis. No less an authority than Muddy Waters described Wilkins as "stone great. For blues, like I say, he's the best."
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play the second of two nights at The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, San Jose, California, USA, supported by Barooga Bandit.
Rickie Lee Jones appears on the tv show Saturday Night Live in the USA, performing Chuck E's In Love.
Graham Parker And The Rumour play the second of two nights at The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by Pearl Harbour And The Explosions.
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.
Bob Dylan is in Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, Alabama, USA, working on the song Trouble In Mind, with Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits on guitar.
Iron Maiden hold auditions at Hollywood Studios, London, UK, to find a second guitarist. Paul Todd is chosen but, in due course, he turns down their offer.
The Jam play at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe, supported by The Records.
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On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
The Knack release their debut album, Get The Knack, in the USA.
Supertramp, led by Swindon-born Rick Davies, play in the Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana.
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 in Paris, France, Europe.
Pure Hell, hailed as the world's first black punk band, play at the Fan Club, Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at Jai Alai, Miami, Florida, USA.
The Ramones play at El Mocambo, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Bruce Springsteen records Stolen Car at The Power Station, New York City. On the same day, The Clash finally get a single, I Fought The Law, released in the USA.
On their Goodbye Tour, Pere Ubu play at The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, California, USA. In the audience is Jello Biafra of punk-rock band The Dead Kennedys, who decides, on a dare, to run for election as Mayor Of San Francisco.
Ry Cooder's eighth album, Bop Til You Drop, gives him his first British chart entry. It will peak at No9, and spend an impressive 36 weeks in the list.
The Straight Theatre, a much-loved music venue since 1966, is demolished in San Francisco, California, USA.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play the second of two nights at The Music Hall, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Jamie Cullum is born in Essex, but will soon move to Malmesbury, where he will grow up and find success.
Pioneering ska-punk band Madness are signed by Stiff Records in London, UK.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at Kyoden-Taiiku-Kan, Fukuoka, Japan.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at Shimin Kaikan, Kurashiki, Japan.
On their World Vacation tour, Van Halen play at The Community Center,Arena, Tucson, Arizona, USA, supported by Screams.
Sad Eyes by Robert John reaches No1 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in the USA.
Beautiful Girls by Van Halen peaks at No84 in the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in the USA.
Van Halen come to the end of their World Vacation tour with a show at The Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, USA.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the third of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, California, USA.
Abba play the first of six nights at Wembley Arena, London, UK.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the sixth of fourteen nights at the Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA.
Iron Maiden record a live session for deejay Tommy Vance's BBC Radio 1 programme The Friday Rock Show, featuring the tracks Iron Maiden, Running Free, Transylvania and Sanctuary. The session will be transmitted a month later.
The Cure debuts its new line-up, including bassist Simon Gallup and keyboardist Matthieu Hartley, at Eric's, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Duran Duran, Vision Collision and The Detectives play at The Red Star Club, Essex Street, Birmingham, England, UK.
Chuck Berry is released from Lompoc Prison, California, USA, after serving time for tax evasion.
On his Slow Train Coming Tour, Bob Dylan plays the last of four nights at the Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, California.
On the Bomber Tour, Motorhead and Saxon play at Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK.
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Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles is born in Eureka, California, USA.
Luxury casino and resort development Sun City is opened in the Bantustan of Bophuthatswana, just outside the border of South Africa. The resort will become embroiled in international politics in 1985 when Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt and his music-industry activist group, Artists United Against Apartheid record the song Sun City, in which they vow never to perform at the resort because of its apartheid sympathies. Even so, artists including Queen, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Julio Iglesias, The O'Jays, Ray Charles, Boney M., Black Sabbath, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick and Laura Branigan did play at the Sun City Super Bowl.
Iron Maiden sign a three-album deal with EMI Records in London, UK.
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Salisbury-born singer Brian Protheroe stars as Conway in the tv adaptation of the successful stage musical Leave Him To Heaven. Brian is best-remembered for his hit single Pinball.