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The Girl Is Mine by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, peaks at No2 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA.
Joe Jackson plays at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe.
Rebop Kwaku Baah, former percussionist for Traffic, dies of a brain haemorrhage in Stockholm, Sweden.
Culture Club enter the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, which will peak at No2.
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New Year's Day by U2 enters the UK singles chart, where it will give the group their first Top 10 hit, peaking at No10.
Billie Jean by Michael Jackson enters the UK Top 100 singles chart at No47. It will peak at No1.
Echo and the Bunnymen play at The Odeon, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
Former Velvet Underground vocalist, Nico, plays at The Leadmill, Sheffield, England, UK, Europe.
On the South American leg of their Hide Your Sheep Tour [aka the No Problem Tour], Van Halen play the last of three nights at Ibirapuera Gymnasium, Sao Paulo, Brazil, supported by Patrulha do Espaco.
Singer-songwriter Diane Birch is born in Michiogan, USA.
New Order debut their new single, Blue Monday, at The Hacienda, Manchester, UK.
Thin Lizzy play at The Regal Theatre, Hitchin, England, UK, Europe. This first live concert by a new line-up of the band is recorded by the BBC for Sight and Sound In Concert
Crystal Gayle reaches No1 single in The Billboard Country Singles Chart in the USA with 'Til I Can Gain Control Again, written by Rodney Crowell.
Echo And The Bunnymen enter the UK album chart with Porcupine, which will peak at No2.
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Three fans are trampled to death at a concert by Puerto Rican teen sensations Menudo, in Zaragoza Baseball Stadium, Puebla, Mexico, North America.
Albert King ‎spends the first of nine days recording his LP San Francisco '83 for Fantasy Records, in San Francisco, California, USA. The album will, eventually, be reissued with extra tracks under the title Crosscut Saw - Albert King In San Francisco.
Michael Jackson begins a seven-week run at No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart with Billie Jean.
Fast-rising Liverpool quintet Frankie Goes To Hollywood play their first London gig at The Camden Palace.
The Undertones play at The Royal Court, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Michael Jackson, plus 25 dancers and 50 gang members, begins filming the $150,000 video for Beat It on Skid Row, east of Hollywood, California.
Bonnie Tyler reaches No1 in the UK singles chart with Total Eclipse Of The Heart.
Top UK record producer Trevor Horn is listening when BBC Radio One’s Kid Jensen show transmits four live tracks by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, including Relax. Horn decides to sign the band to his new label, ZTT.
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Tears For Fears release theri debut LP, The Hurting, on Mercury Records in the UK.
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New Order play at The State Ballroom, Liverpool, UK, supported by James. 1983)
West German punk rock band Die Toten Hosen play a secret gig in Erlöserkirche, East Berlin, East Germany, Europe. The gig is organised by Mark Reeder, formerly of Manchester band The Frantic Elevators, who had moved to West Berlin in 1979.
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Blind Joe Hill, billed as The One-Man-Blues-Band, records his album First Chance, in Hollywood, California, USA. The LP includes the tracks Big Butt Woman, Lickin' Gravy Baby, Wake Me Up In The Morning, Highway 13, Darling, I Love You, Blind Joe Special, First Change, P. D. Blues, I Can't Do What I Used To Do, You Got Me Dizzy and I'm Travellin'.
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, as does former Rolling Stones' axeman Mick Taylor. On this day, Dylan works on the songs Blind Willie McTell, Don't Fall Apart On Me Tonight and others.
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, as does former Rolling Stones' axeman Mick Taylor. On this day, Dylan works on the song Don't Fall Apart On Me Tonight.
The Grateful Dead play at Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA.
The Human League release a new single, (Keep Feeling) Fascination, in the UK.
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 song Foot Of Pride.
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 Dead Kennedys play at Metro, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
B.B.King, Miles Davis and Ray Charles headline the Kool Jazz Festival in New York City, USA.
Count Basie plays at Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. This is his last public concert performance.
Robert Plant plays the third date on his first solo tour of the USA, at Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA. The drummer with Plant's band for this tour is Phil Collins. On the same evening, Collins and Plant go to an exclusive Chicago restaurant, The Pump Room, but are refused admission because Collins is not wearing a jacket. The incident inspires the title of Collins' next album, No Jacket Required.
Top Latin-jazz percussionist Willie Bobo dies in Los Angeles, California, USA. In a forty-year career he worked with George Shearing, Stan Getz, Carlos Santana and many others.
Joan Baez plays at The Grugahalle, Essen, Germany.
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
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson spend the last of four days filming in Los Alamos, California, to make a promo video for their newly released single, Say, Say, Say.
Film director John Landis hires his director of photography Robert Paynter, choreographer Michael Peters, and his own wife, Deborah Nadoolman Landis, as costume designer, for the imminent filming of Michael Jackson's Thriller video in Los Angeles, California, USA. Auditions for dancers also begin on this day.
Michael Jackson is filming the video for his upcoming single Thriller with director John Landis, in Downtown Los Angeles, California, USA.
Simon And Garfunkel play the second of two nights at The United Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Wham! play at The University, Leeds, England, UK, Europe.
Bob Dylan's album Infidels enters the Billboard Top 40 albums chart in the USA, where it will peak at No20 during a ten-week run.
The Jacksons' forthcoming summer tour, which will include superstar Michael Jackson, is announced at a press conference at The Tavern on the Green, New York City, USA.
On their Shout At The Devil tour, Motley Crue play at The Convention Center Arena, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
On his 40th birthday, Keith Richards, guitarist of The Rolling Stones, marries 27-year old Patti Hansen at the Finisterra Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, North America. Mick Jagger is among the guests at the wedding.