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Blues guitar prodigy Jonny Lang is born in Fargo, North Dakota, USA.
Blondie reach No1 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA with The Tide Is High.
Jazz drummer Cozy Cole, who enjoyed a huge hit in the USA with Topsy Pt2 in 1958, dies of cancer in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
The album Middle Man by Boz Scaggs is awarded a platinum disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
The film The Jazz Singer, starring Neil Diamond as a young Jewish cantor with a secret life as a jazz singer, goes on general release to cinemas in Australia. The film is a re-make of an Al Jolson movie, originally released in 1927.
Krzysztof Klenczon, singer, songwriter and bass player for Czerwone Gitary (The Red Guitars), widely regarded as The Polish Beatles, is seriously injured by a drunk driver in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Sunnyland Slim, Hubert Sumlin, Louisiana Red, Bowling Green John And Harmonica Phil Wiggins, Lurrie Bell, Carey Bell and Margie Evans play in the American Folk Blues Festival '81 at the Konzertaula, Kamen, Germany, Europe.
Jazz-rock band Landscape enter the UK album chart with From The Tearooms Of Mars To The Hellholes Of Uranus, which will peak at No13.
Bob Dylan records several takes of Caribbean Wind at Studio A, Studio 55, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Krzysztof Klenczon, singer, songwriter and bass player for Czerwone Gitary (The Red Guitars), widely regarded as The Polish Beatles, dies in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He had been seriously injured just weeks earlier when he was hit by a drunk driver.
Rock movie Breaking Glass opens in the USA, starring Hazel O'Connor as punk singer Kate. Zoot Money and Gary Holton have featured roles in the film, while Rod Stewart and Paul McCartney are seen in brief cameos.
XTC play at the B&L Warehouse, Athens, Georgia, supported by local hopefuls R.E.M.
Steve Currie, former bassist of T.Rex, dies in a car crash while returning to his villa in Val Da Parra, Portugal.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, supported by The Fools.
Diana Ross leaves Motown Records after twenty years and signs to RCA with a record-setting $20m contract.
Jazz-rock band Landscape enter the UK singles chart with Norman Bates which will peak at No40, and is their last chart hit.
During sessions for the album Shot Of Love, Bob Dylan is in Clover Studios, Los Angeles, working on overdubs for the songs Every Grain Of Sand, Shot Of Love and Property Of Jesus.
Prince makes his British debut with a show at The Lyceum, London, England, UK.
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On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play the first of two nights at Seattle Coliseum, Seattle, Washington, USA.
The Cure, Ideal, Marilyn Rock, Munju and Schroeder's Roadshow play at Schuttorf Open Air Festival, Vechtewiese, Germany, Europe.
Steely Dan splits up when Donald Fagen and Walter Becker announce that they are going their separate ways.
New Los Angeles band The Colours make a four-song demo recording. Eventually the group will evolve into The Bangles, who will re-record two of these tracks for their debut album.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays the fifth of six nights at Earls Court, London, UK.
Bob Dylan releases a new single, Heart Of Mine/Let It Be Me, on CBS Records in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Italy and The Netherlands.
Marvin Gaye's UK tour ends badly when he goes on stage so late for a Royal Gala Charity Show at Lakeside Country Club, Surrey, that HRH Princess Margaret has already left.
During the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan holds a two-hour long press conference at the Maritime Hotel in Travemunde, West Germany.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Freileichttheater, Bad Segeberg, West Germany.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at the Olympiahalle, Munich, West Germany. In the course of the day, Dylan is interviewed by Neil Spencer of the NME (New Musical Express).
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play the second of three nights at The Capitol Centre, Largo, Maryland, USA.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, New York State, USA, supported by G-Force - led by guitarist Gary Moore.
Motorhead drummer Philthy Animal Phil Taylor is fined £40 for possessing cannabis.
Mark Chapman, convicted for the murder of John Lennon, is jailed for twenty years to life in America.
The Jacksons play at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The first day of the third Futurama Festival is held in New Bingley Hall, Stafford, UK, featuring Gang Of Four, Bauhaus, The Human Condition, Theatre Of Hate, OK Jive, 23 Skidoo, A Flock Of Seagulls, Sisters of Mercy and others.
Iggy Pop and writer Anne Wehrer start work in New York City, USA, on Pop's autobiography, I Need More.
The Michael Schenker Group plays at De Montford Hall, Leicester, UK.
Duran Duran play in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Jackson Browne and 36 other protestors are arrested whilst manning a blockade at a nuclear power plant in Diablo Canyon, California, USA.
The new No1 album in the USA is Tattoo You by the Rolling Stones.
Rick Wakeman plays at Luna Park Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at The Arizona Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California, USA.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at The Five Seasons Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, supported by G-Force - led by guitarist Gary Moore.
Under Pressure, a collaborative single between David Bowie and Queen, is released in the UK.
The Residents play the second of two nights at The Kabuki Nightclub, San Francisco, California, USA.
August Lanoix dies aged 79 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Proficient in violin, trombone and string bass and, starting in 1919, he played in numerous bands including The Kid Clayton Jazz Band, Peter Bocage's Creole Serenaders, The Oriental Serenaders, The Martin Gabriel National Jazz Band, The Black Diamond Orchestra and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Van Halen earn a platinum disc in the USA for their album Fair Warning.
On his 55-date Controversy Tour Prince plays two shows at The Arie Crown Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On his 55-date Controversy Tour Prince plays at The Riverside Centroplex, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
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