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On his 55-date Controversy Tour Prince plays at The Memorial Coliseum, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Adam And The Ants play at The City Hall, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe.
The Police play at The Groenoordhal, Leiden, Holland, Europe.
The Police begin a North American tour at the Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Tom Tom Club, an extra-curricular project led by Talking Heads members Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, reaches No1 on the Billboard disco charts in the USA with Genius Of Love.
Animal Magnet headline at The Venue, London, England, UK, Europe.
The album For Those About To Rock (We Salute You) by AC/DC is awarded a platinum disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Orange Juice play at The Venue, London, England, UK.
The Police play at The William And Mary Hall, Williamsburg, Virginia, USA.
Former Velvet Underground vocalist Nico plays at Scamps, Oxford, England, UK, Europe, with The Faction.
Helena Paparizou is born in Gothenburg, Sweden, Europe, but her family background is Greek. She will become the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 with the song My Number One, representing Greece.
Jessica Harp is born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. After establishing a career as a vocalist in Michelle Branch's band, she and Branch will form the duo The Wreckers.
At a night club in Denmark, Europe, Brian Downey of Thin Lizzy is attacked and has to be hospitalized. Mark Nauseef and Mike Mesbur (from support band The Lookalikes) stand in on drums for subsequent Scandinavian dates.
Internationally successful German band Nena is in the Royal Kensington Hotel, London, England, UK, Europe, doing press interviews.
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John Sharples of Preston, England, UK, Europe, sets a new world record by disco dancing for 371 hours.
The Jam play at Afan Lido, Port Talbot, Wales, UK, Europe.
XTC play at The California Theatre, San Diego, California, USA. This proves to be their last live gig ever.
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Having abandoned a major tour of the USA because of stage fright after one gig in California, the flight taking Andy Partridge of XTC arrives home to the UK.
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[Oh] Pretty Woman by Van Halen peaks at No12 in the Billboard US Top40 Singles Chart. The song is a cover of a Roy Orbison hit from 1964.
Kelly Brianne Clarkson is born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. She will find success as pop/rock vocalist Kelly Clarkson.
Men In Black, Minus One and The Twist play at Mabuhay Gardens [aka The Fab Mab], San Francisco, California, USA.
Roy Buchanan plays at The Keystone, Palo Alto, California, USA.
Jeff Lorber Fusion play at The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, California, USA.
A new club, The Hacienda, is opened in Whitworth Street, Manchester, England, UK, Europe, part-owned by New Order and Factory Records.
The Clash release a new single, Rock The Casbah, in the UK on CBS Records. The song has been written by the band's drummer, Topper Headon.
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Elvis Costello And The Attractions release a new LP, Imperial Bedroom, on F-Beat Records in the UK, Europe.
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Joe Elliott of Def Leppard rings guitarist Pete Willis to tell him that, because of his drinking problems, the band no longer requires his services.
50's rock'n'roller Dusty Carr records The Unique Vocal Stylings Of Dusty Carr, at Pet Rock Studios, Topeka, Kansas, USA.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play at St. Paul Civic Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, supported by After The Fire.
Mass production of compact discs begins in Langenhagen near Hanover, Germany, Europe.
Mel Tillis is the special guest on tonight's syndicated music television series The Glen Campbell Music Show in the USA.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play at The Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York State, USA, supported by After The Fire.
Culture Club play at The Warehouse, Liverpool, UK.
When Eddie Van Halen has his left wrist x-rayed at Hand Surgery Associates New York City, USA, a fracture is found, resulting in the cancellation of the next three shows on the Hide Your Sheep Tour.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play the second of three nights at The Centrum, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, supported by Joe Whiting And The Bandit Band.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, supported by Joe Whiting And The Bandit Band.
UK 2-Tone band The Beat begin a North American tour in Geneva, New York State, USA.
Burl Ives plays at the Chester Fritz Auditorium, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA.
R.E.M. play in Carbondale, Illinois, USA.
UK 2-Tone band The Beat play the second of three nights in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Elton John plays the first of two nights at The Empire, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
The musical stage play Beatlemania opens for a three-week run at the Beverly Theater, Los Angeles, California, USA. The play is built around the music of The Beatles.
Heart play in Austin, Texas, USA.
Duran Duran play the second of two nights at The Gaumont, Southampton, England, UK, Europe.
Duran Duran play the first of four non-consecutive nights at The Odeon, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
George Thorogood And The Destroyers play in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
Bob Dylan, seeking a new record producer with whom to collaborate, visits Frank Zappa at his home and plays him some new songs.