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Kate Bush is voted Best Female Artist for the third consecutive year in Capital Radio's listener's poll in London, England, UK, Europe.
The Police play at The Variety Arts Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA.
The Sound play at The Stokvishal, Arnhem, Netherlands, Europe.
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.
At the Café Royal, London, England, UK, Europe, Cliff Richard collects the Daily Mirror Readers Award for Outstanding Musical Personality of the Year.
Showaddywaddy play at The O asis, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
Spandau Ballet release their debut album, Journeys To Glory, in the UK.
Dave Van Ronk records the album Your Basic Dave Van Ronk, in a single session at Livingstone Studios, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Who play the last of three nights at Wembley Arena, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Stray Cats play at The Polytechnic, Leicester, England, UK, Europe.
The J. Geils Band plays in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Classix Nouveaux, Eyeless In Gaza and Theatre Of Hate play in De Montfort Hall, Leicester, England, UK, Europe.
The Grateful Dead play the first of four nights at The Rainbow Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe.
The Grateful Dead play the second of four nights at The Rainbow Theatre, London, England, UK, Europe.
During sessions for the album Shot Of Love, Bob Dylan is in Clover Studios, Los Angeles, working on the songs Watered Down Love, Heart Of Mine, Property Of Jesus and Dead Man, Dead Man.
During sessions for the album Shot Of Love, Bob Dylan is in Clover Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA, working on the songs Caribbean Wind, Lenny Bruce and Dead Man, Dead Man.
Bob Marley, who has spent five months at the Issels Clinic in the Bavarian Alps, undergoing treatment for cancer, is flown to Miami, Florida, to be with his family.
R'n'b singer, songwriter and musician Roy Brown dies aged 55 of a heart attack, at Pacoima Lutheran Memorial Hospital in San Fernando, California, USA.
Swindon band XTC plays in Rotter's, Doncaster, UK.
All ghosts of Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band's disastrous first visit to London are finally exorcised with this, the first of two stunning Wembley Arena shows.
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 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 France. The film is a re-make of an Al Jolson movie, originally released in 1927.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at Los Angeles Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA, supported by The Fools.
John Lennon's killer, Mark Chapman, pleads guilty to first degree murder.
Roy Orbison plays at The Miriam Lutcher Theater in Orange, Texas, USA.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at the Drammenshallen, Drammen, Norway.
Ghost Town by The Specials reaches No1 in the UK singles chart. The song's inspiration had come some months earlier, when The Specials played at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland. When Jerry Dammers of The Specials saw elderly women selling their possessions on the Glasgow streets, he was inspired to write the song. "It was unbelievable," he said later. "It was clear that something was very, very wrong."
Motorhead drummer Philthy Animal Phil Taylor is fined £40 for possessing cannabis.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at The Sportatorium, Hollywood, Florida, USA.
When The Jacksons play at Madison Square Garden, New York City. Michael Jackson introduces Andy Warhol and Katherine Hepburn to his brothers backstage.
Bob Dylan releases a new single, Heart Of Mine/Let It Be Me, in Europe on CBS Records.
A giant fibre-glass statue of John Lennon is unveiled in Matthew Street, Liverpool, UK. Entitled Working Class Hero, the hope is to raise enough money to have it cast in bronze.
Bruce Springsteen plays the first of three nights at Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Singer Chick Bullock dies in California, USA. Despite a serious facial disfigurement, Bullock found considerable success as a jazz band vocalist in the 1930s, working with Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and others.
Duran Duran begin their first North American tour with a show at The Spit, Long Island, New York State, USA.
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The Michael Schenker Group plays at The Odeon, Birmingham, UK.
Duran Duran play the second of two nights at The Ritz, New York City, USA.
Showaddywaddy play the last of three nights at Goldiggers, Chippenham.
Duran Duran play in The Markthall Veranstaltungsentrum, Hamburg, Germany, Europe.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays at The Civic Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at The Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio.
The album Private Eyes by Daryl Hall And John Oates is certified both gold and platinum by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
It is reported that controversial biographer Albert Goldman is working on a book about John Lennon.
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Fun Boy Three enter the UK singles chart with The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum, which will peak at No20.
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Greatest Hits by Queen peaks at No1 in the UK albums chart at the start of an astonishing run of 312 consecutive weeks on the chart.
The Pretenders enter the UK singles chart with I Go To Sleep.
The Rolling Stones play the first of two nights at Richfield Coliseum, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, with Etta James as their opening act.
Japan enter the UK album charts with Tin Drum, which will peak at No12.
Hoagy Carmichael, one of America's greatest songwriters, dies of heart failure in Rancho Mirage, California, USA.
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