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The Led Zeppelin album In Through The Out Door is awarded a platinum disc in the USA bny the R.I.A.A.
At the start of a 23-date US tour, performing mostly religious material, Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at the Paramount Theater, Portland, Oregon.
Bauhaus release a new single, Dark Entries, on the newly-launched Axis Records label in the UK.
UFO play the first of two nights at the City Hall, Newcastle, UK, supported by Girl.
UFO play at the New Theatre, Oxford, UK.
The Clash play at the Odeon, Edinburgh, Scotland, for the second of two nights.
The Clash play at Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK.
UK 2-Tone band The Specials begin a North American tour at Hurrah's, New York City, USA.
During a 23-date US tour, performing mostly religious material, Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Orpheum Theatre, Omaha, Nebraska.
The month-long Metal For Muthas tour, headlined for the first eleven shows by Iron Maiden begins at Aberdeen University, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Prince makes his New York City debut appearance, playing the first of two nights at the Bottom Line.
At the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance goes to Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson. Michael does not attend, feeling he has been pigeon-holed into the R&B category.
Blondie reach No1 in the UK singles chart with Atomic.
UK heavy rock band the Tygers Of Pan Tang sign a deal with Neat Records.
Having already played one show today, Joy Division play a second gig, at The Moonlight Club, London, UK.
Genesis play at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Wales.
Judy Tzuke plays at The Guildhall, Portsmouth, UK.
Regina Richards And Red Hot play at The Hot Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, supported by The Drongos.
Ozzy Osbourne comes to the end of recording his solo debut LP, Blizzard of Ozz, at Ridge Farm Studios, Surrey, UK.
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During his third gospel tour, performing mostly religious material, Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Ocean State Performing Arts Center, Providence, Rhode Island.
U2 release 11 O'click Tick Tock, their first single since signing to Island Records in the UK.
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The Beach Boys play at Eckeberghallen, Oslo, Norway, Europe. The image with this entry consists of two pages from the diary of Johnny Black who was their press officer at the time.
The Gerry Mulligan Quartet plays at the Jazz and Blues Festival, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
The Slits play at Alexandra Palace, London, UK.
On their World Invasion Tour, Van Halen play at Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
On their World Invasion Tour, Van Halen play at The Jacksonville Coliseum, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
On their World Invasion Tour, Van Halen play at The Bayfront Center, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.
Mongo Santamaria and the Hugh Masekela Band play the eleventh of thirteen nights at The Village Gate, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
David Bowie reaches No1 in the UK singles chart with Ashes To Ashes. On the same day, The Jam enter the UK singles chart with Start! which will become their second No1, despite being widely perceived as bearing a striking resemblance to Taxman by The Beatles.
David Bowie reaches No1 in the UK singles chart with Ashes To Ashes. On the same day, The Jam enter the UK singles chart with Start! which will become their second No1, despite being widely perceived as bearing a striking resemblance to Taxman by The Beatles.
On their World Invasion Tour, Van Halen play at The Centroplex, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Eddie's future wife, the actress Valerie Bertinelli, attends this show with her brother Patrick.
Yes play at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
Jazz pianist Bill Evans dies in New York City, USA, of a bleeding ulcer, cirrhosis of the liver, and bronchial pneumonia - all largely caused by his drug addictions.
The Jacksons, including Michael Jackson, play the second of four non-consecutive nights at The Forum, Los Angeles.
Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls release their debut album, Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls, in the UK. It includes the singles Dream Sequences I and Mister X.
The Grateful Dead play the tenth night of a fifteen night season at The Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, California, USA, during which the band revives its acoustic set and records tracks for the album Dead Set.
Obsessive Beatles fan Mark Chapman pays his first visit to the Dakota Building in New York City, where he begins to stake out his intended murder victim, John Lennon.
The album Crimes of Passion by Pat Benatar is certified as a platinum disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A..
Composition of Sound play at The Bridgehouse, Canning Town, London, England, UK, Europe. The group includes Dave Gahan, Vince Clark, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher, who will go on to form Depeche Mode.
The Police play in The Auditorium, Oakland, California, USA.
Van Halen come to the end of their World Invasion Tour with a show in The Von Braun Civic Center Arena, Huntsville, Alabama, USA.
At the Cromwell Club, Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK, Europe, Gary Glitter begins the first of several UK comeback tours.
Stevie Wonder reaches No1 in the UK albums chart with Hotter Than July.
On their Zenyatta Mondatta tour, The Police play in El Hotel de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico, North America.
The B-52s from Athens, Georgia, USA, are awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. for sales of their eponymous debut album in the USA.
Banana Republic by The Boomtown Rats enters the UK singles chart.
On their Zenyatta Mondatta tour The Police play in The Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
During his third tour of the year, Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at the Paramount Theatre, Portland, Oregon.
John Lennon is shot dead by Mark David Chapman at the entrance to the building where he lived, The Dakota, in New York City, USA. Numerous songs will be inspired by this incident, including I Just Shot John Lennon by The Cranberries, Mark David Chapman by ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Fall Of The Peacemakers by Molly Hatchett and Roll On John by Bob Dylan.
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