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Fairport Convention play a second night at the Half Moon, Putney, London, England, UK, Europe.
Whitesnake play the second of three nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe.
Def Leppard release the album Pyromania.
Gary Moore plays at The Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, Europe.
Neil Young releases his new album, Trans, which features much use of electronic instruments.
Donald Fagen, formerly of Steely Dan, releases a new single, New Frontier, in the UK.
Bauhaus release a new single, Lagartija Nick, in the UK.
On the South American leg of their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the No Problem Tour], Van Halen play the first of two nights at Maracanazinho Gymnasium, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, supported by Patrulha do Espaco.
Billie Jean by Michael Jackson enters the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA where it will peak at No1 for seven weeks.
Members of the Rolling Stones fly to Paris, France, Europe, to resume work on the band’s next album.
Jack Osbourne, son of Ozzy Osbourne, claims that $400,000 worth of designer watches and jewels were stolen from his luggage in LAX Airport, Los Angeles, California, USA, before he boarded a plane to Britain earlier this month.
On the South American leg of their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the No Problem Tour], Van Halen play at Auditorio Obras, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Billie Jean by Michael Jackson is the new No1 single on the Billboard R'n'B Singles chart in the USA.
Sony, Polygram and Phillips launch a new digital audio system - the five-inch compact disc - capable of carrying up to one hour of music.
Stevie Wonder and Neil Sedaka are inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Willie Nelson collects a Lifetime Achievement Award.
New Order play at The State Ballroom, Liverpool, UK, supported by James. 1983)
ZZ Top release their eighth album, Eliminator on Warner Bros. Records in the USA.
Michael Jackson steals the show with his moonwalk across the stage at the Motown 25 celebration concert in the Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California. The show, which also features Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Four Tops and The Temptations, will be transmitted two months later.
US Interior Secretary James Watt announces that rock bands such as The Beach Boys and The Grass Roots are to be banned from playing at the annual Fourth of July celebrations in Washington, DC, USA, because they attract "the wrong element".
Bob Dylan is in the Power Station, New York City, working on tracks for his album Infidels. Mark Knopfler is acting as co-producer. Knopfler also plays guitar on the album, along with former Rolling Stones' axeman Mick Taylor. On this day, Dylan works on the songs Sweetheart Like You, Clean-Cut Kid, Jokerman, Man Of Peace and others.
The Stranglers and the Easter Monkeys play at The Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
Muddy Waters dies, aged 68, from a heart attack, in hospital in Downer's Grove, Illinois.
Kai Winding, virtuoso jazz trombonist, dies of complications arising from a brain tumour, aged 60, in Yonkers, New York, USA.
Bob Dylan is in the Power Station, New York City, working on tracks for his album Infidels. Mark Knopfler is acting as co-producer and also plays guitar on the album. On this day, Dylan works on the song Neighbourhood Bully.
Jerry Lee Lewis marries for the fifth time. Wife No5 is Shawn Michelle Stevens, who will die under mysterious circumstances a year later at Lewis' home.
The Police release their fifth and final LP, Synchronicity, on A+M Records in the UK.
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Bob Dylan goes to see Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble play at First City, Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Big Country play at the The City Hall, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK.
The Rolling Stones sign the biggest record deal thus far in rock history - £14m for four albums with CBS Records.
Jazz virtuoso Paul Horn records a series of flute and saxophone improvisations in Kazimieras Cathedral, Vilnius, Lithuania. The recordings will be released as the album Inside The Cathedral.
In Manhattan Supreme Court in New York City, USA, Frances Laing gives testimony in the trial of Gail Collins Pappalardi, who is charged with the second degree murder of her husband, Felix Pappalardi of heavy rock band Mountain. Laing, wife of Mountain drummer Corky Laing, testifies that in 1975, Collins had pulled a gun on her in a fit of jealousy
Graham Parker and John Hiatt play at Park West, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The single Say, Say, Say, a duet featuring Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, is simultaneously released in the UK and USA.
Wiltshire anarcho-punk band The Subhumans spend the third of five days recording their second album, From The Cradle To The Grave, for Bluurg Records.
It is reported that Paul McCartney has spent $100,000 to buy a huge hand-crafted bed for Stevie Wonder, which features a built-in sound system with speakers mounted at all four corners of the bed.
They Might Be Giants play at CBGB's, New York City, USA.
Simon And Garfunkel play the first of two nights at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan releases a new single, Union Sundown/Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground, in Europe on CBS Records.
UK tabloid newspaper the Daily Star reports that the proposed joint-tour of Elton John and Rod Stewart has definitely been cancelled.
Jazz saxophonist Bill Kirchner Nonet spend the first of two days recording his album Infant Eyes for Sea Breeze Records in New York City, USA.
Paul McCartney releases his new album, Pipes Of Peace, in the UK and USA simultaneously.
RCA Records in the USA signs a $30m recording deal with Puerto Rican band Menudo.
Bob Dylan's album Infidels enters the UK pop albums chart where it will peak at No9 during a twelve-week run.
On their Shout At The Devil tour, Motley Crue play at The Rainbow Music Hall, Denver, Colorado, USA.
Stevie Ray Vaughan plays at The Kabuki Theater, San Francisco, California, USA.
The Dickies play at Tuts, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
On their Shout At The Devil tour, Motley Crue play at The Mesa Centennial Hall, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Bob Kerr's Christmas Party provides the festive spirit at The 100 Club, London, UK.