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The Boomtown Rats start a British tour at The Gaumont, Southampton, England, UK, Europe, before beginning a world tour.
Imagine by John Lennon reaches No1 in the UK singles chart, for the first of four weeks.
Ringo Starr spends the first of three days recording with Ronnie Wood (of The Rolling Stones) at Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA, for his album tentatively titled Can't Fight Lightning. By the time it is released, it will be called Stop And Smell The Roses.
The Jazz Singer soundtrack album by Neil Diamond is certified as a platinum album in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Neil Young records Get Up Now.
Ringo Starr spends the second of three days recording with Ronnie Wood (of The Rolling Stones) at Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles, California, USA, for his album tentatively titled Can't Fight Lightning. By the time it is released, it will be called Stop And Smell The Roses.
Echo And The Bunnymen play a 'secret' gig in The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire, England, UK, Europe, which is filmed for posterity under the title Shine So Hard.
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Furniture play at Snoopies, Richmond, England, UK, Europe.
Alicia Augello Cook is born in Harlem, New York City, USA. She will find fame as singer-songwriter Alicia Keys.
Black Sabbath play at Queen's Hall, Leeds, England, UK, Europe, supported by Max Webster.
Dolly Parton reaches No1 in the Billboard Country Singles Chart in the USA with 9 To 5, the title song from the movie of the same name.
U2 play at The University of York, York, England, UK, Europe.
The Psychedelic Furs play the first of two nights at The Marquee, Soho, London, England, UK, Europe.
Showaddywaddy play at the Oasis, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK.
Krzysztof Klenczon, singer, songwriter and bass player for Czerwone Gitary (The Red Guitars), widely regarded as The Polish Beatles, dies in Chicago, Illinois. He had been seriously injured just weeks earlier when he was hit by a drunk driver.
Eddie Van Halen marries actress Valerie Bertinelli at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Westwood, California, USA.
Orange Juice play at Valentino's, Edinburgh, Scotland, supported by Blazing Saddles.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play the second of two nights at Seattle Coliseum, Seattle, Washington, USA.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play the first of three nights at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Paul McCartney announces an upcoming collaboration with Stevie Wonder, which will result in the duet smash Ebony And Ivory.
Sting is best man at the wedding of his manager Miles Copeland to Mary Pegg in New York City. That night, The Police play in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Bob Dylan's album Shot Of Love enters the UK albums chart where it will peak at No6 during an eight-week run.
Guy Stevens, producer of Spooky Tooth, Free, Mott The Hoople and The Clash, dies from an overdose of drugs he had been prescribed to help control his alcohol dependency.
Ashford And Simpson release a new album, Performance, in the USA.
All of Rick Derringer's musical equipment is stolen along with the van containing it, which is parked outside Derringer's New York City home.
Duran Duran play at the Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland.
Vocalist Bruce Dickinson announces that he is leaving heavy rock band Samson. Before the month is out, he will have joined Iron Maiden.
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Nazareth play at the City Hall, Newcastle, UK.
Wiltshire, UK's pioneering anarcho-punk band The Subhumans play their first London gig at The Red Lion.
Simple Minds play at The Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at The Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Oklahoma, USA, supported by G-Force - led by guitarist Gary Moore.
On their Fair Warning Tour [aka the W.D.F.A. (We Don't Fuck Around) Tour] Van Halen play at The Kansas Coliseum, Wichita, Kansas, USA, supported by G-Force - led by guitarist Gary Moore.
Bob Dylan begins the USA leg of the Shot Of Love tour the first of two nights at the Mecca Auditorium, University Of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Gillan play at Rock City, Nottingham, England, UK, Europe.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays at The Forum de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Bob Dylan plays the first of two nights at Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Judas Priest play the second of two nights at The Apollo, Manchester, England, UK, Europe.
On the Shot Of Love tour Bob Dylan plays the second of two nights at Hill Auditorium, University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
Judas Priest play the second of two nights at The Odeon, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Dexy's Midnight Runners play at The Old Vic, London, England, UK, Europe.
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Judas Priest play the first of two nights at The City Hall, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe.
John Lennon is posthumously honoured with an ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Award.
Prince begins his 55-date Controversy Tour with a show at The Stanley Theater, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, supported by The Time.
Yellow Magic Orchestra release a new album, Technodelic, in Japan, Asia.
Rush play at The Ritz, New York City, USA.
The Cure begin a UK tour at the Lyceum, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe, supported by And Also The Trees and 1313.
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On his 55-date Controversy Tour Prince plays two shows at The Arie Crown Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Mike Scott records demos of songs including December and Bury My Heart at Redshop Studio, London, England, UK, Europe, which will become the basis of the first Waterboys album.
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