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Showaddywaddy play at The O asis, Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK, Europe.
UFO play at New Bingley Hall, Stafford, England, UK, Europe.
Culture Club spend the second of two days of demo sessions at EMI studios, Manchester House, London, UK, with producer Steve Levine. They work on the songs White Boy and I'm Afraid Of Me.
Former Velvet Underground vocalist Nico plays in London, England, UK, Europe, with The Faction.
The Police play at the Nassau Coliseum, New York State, USA.
Orange Juice play at The Venue, London, England, UK, Europe.
Depeche Mode play their first American gig, the first of two nights at The Ritz, New York City, USA.
Frank Sinatra and Luciano Pavarotti perform as a duet in a special benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, USA, to raise funds for the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Marillion play their first headline gig at The Marquee, London, England, UK, Europe. The show’s success marks a turning point in their career.
U2 play at The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, supported by Devo.
UB40 play at Hammersmith Palais, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by Nightdoctor.
Shakin' Stevens reaches No1 in the UK singles chart with Oh Julie.
Pat Benatar marries her guitarist, Neil Giraldo, on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
Bob Dylan records Airplane Blues, while working with beat poet Allen Ginsberg in Rundown Studios, Santa Monica, California, USA.
Randy Rhoads, best-known as guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, dies in a plane crash near Orlando, Florida, USA.
Jazz drummer Sonny Greer, who worked with Duke Ellington for thirty one years, dies of cancer, aged 78, in New York City, USA.
Johnny Cash hosts Saturday Night Live in New York City, USA, with Elton John as his musical guest. Cash sings I Walk The Line, Folsom Prison Blues, Ring of Fire and Sunday Morning Coming Down. Elton John sings Empty Garden [Hey Hey Johnny] and Ball and Chain.
Dwight Twilley plays at The Keystone, Palo Alto, California, USA.
Beluga Whale play in the 'Monday Night blues' session at Mabuhay Gardens [aka The Fab Mab], San Francisco, California, USA.
Jazz violinist Leroy Jenkins plays at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California, USA.
Leo Kottke plays at The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, California, USA, supported by The Baltimores.
During a gig at The Marquee, London, UK, Brian Robertson, formerly guitarist with Thin Lizzy, reveals to Kerrang! journalist Steve Gett that he is about to join Motorhead as the replacement for Fast Eddie Clarke.
Jazz pianist and composer Anthony Davis plays at The Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, California, USA.
Motorhead, with Brian Robertson aka Robbo, on guitar, play at Harpo's Inn, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Eric Clapton is joined onstage by blues legend Muddy Waters when he finishes his American tour at the Sportatorium, Miami, Florida, USA. Sadly, it turns out to be Muddy's last stage appearance.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play at The Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, Des Moines, Iowa, USA, supported by After The Fire.
On their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the K.A.T.N. (Kicking Ass and Taking Names tour) Tour], Van Halen play at Brown County Veterans' Memorial Arena, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA, supported by After The Fire.
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 Great Western Forum, Inglewood, California, USA, supported by After The Fire.
Queen play the first of two nights at The Forum, Los Angeles, California, 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 Myriad, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, supported by After The Fire.
Singing cowboy Jimmy Wakely dies of heart failure after contracting emphysema, aged 68, in Mission Hills, California, USA.
Culture Club play at The Warehouse, Liverpool, UK.
The Farmer's Boys play at The Warehouse, Liverpool, UK.
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.
Crass play at The Warehouse, Liverpool, UK.
The Who, supported by Loverboy and John Cougar, end the West Coast leg of their farewell tour at Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona, USA.
Linda Ronstadt plays in New York City, USA.
John Cougar plays in Fort Meyers, Florida, USA.
Elton John plays the second of two nights at The Empire, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
R.E.M. play in Columbia, Mississipi, USA.
George Thorogood and the Destroyers play in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
UK 2-Tone band The Beat play in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
R.E.M. play in The Sarratt Theater, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
R.E.M. play in Joe's Star Lounge, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
Elisabeth Corrin Maurus is born in Rock Island, Illinois, USA. She will find success as singer-songwriter Lissie.
The Squeeze and UK 2-Tone band The Beat play in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Caribbean, at the Jamaica World Music Festival. For Squeeze, it is their last gig before they split up.
On what they have declared to be their Farewell Tour, The Who play at Jefferson Civic Center Coliseum, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. They will be back.
Prince plays the first of four nights at The Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, Michigan, USA.
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