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In the midst of a UK tour, Mike Joyce of The Smiths wakens to find he has chicken pox. The Smiths abandon the tour, leaving The Go-Betweens to fill in for them.
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Yoko Ono donates £250,000 to the Strawberry Field old people's home in Liverpool, UK, which had inspired The Beatles' song Strawberry Fields Forever.
Rockwell releases the album Somebody's Watching Me, on Motown Records in the USA. Michael Jackson is featured singing on the title track.
Sweetheart Like You by Bob Dylan, peaks at No55 in the Billboard Singles chart in the USA.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Municipal Auditorium, Mobile, Alabama, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, Florida, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
The Pepsi tv commercial during whose making Michael Jackson suffered second and third degree burn injuries, is screened for the first time on tv in the USA.
It is reported that Michael Jackson's album Thriller has now outsold Bing Crosby's single White Christmas, making it the biggest-selling music recording ever.
Teenager Wendell Mobley has a daughter, Lexi. The girl dies one year later, but around the time she would have turned 19, memories of her will inspire him to co-write There Goes My Life, which will become a major hit for Kenny Chesney.
Bob Dylan appears on the US tv show Late Night With David Letterman, in the NBC Studios, Rockefeller Centre, New York City. Liberace appears in the same show.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at Portland Coliseum, Portland, Oregon, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Ratt play at San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California, USA. (1984) [For Ratt's entire 1984 tour itinerary, click here.]
Elton John meets with Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, before playing a gig in Gdansk.
Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones flies to New York City to appear in court as a witness in the band's suit against former manager Allen Klein. Later in the day he has a business meeting with Michael Jackson.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The UCSB Events Center, Santa Barbara, California, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Twisted Sister release a new single, We're Not Gonna Take It, in the USA. It will peak at No21 on the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart, but will achieve greater notoriety when selected for inclusion on the Parents Music Resource Center [PMRC]'s Filthy Fifteen list in 1985. It will thus become one of the most pivotal songs in the history of music censorship, and will be hotly debated in the US Senate.
Bob Dylan signs with San Francisco-based promoter Bill Graham to undertake a European tour later in the year as a co-headliner with Carlos Santana.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Columbus, Ohio, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Motorhead perform Ace Of Spades on Bambi, an episode of anarchic BBC tv comedy series The Young Ones.
The Replacements play at The Exit, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
US President Ronald Reagan presents Michael Jackson with a Special Achievement Award in a ceremony in the Garden of The White House, Washington, DC., USA The award recognises the imporatance of Jackson's participation in an advertising campaign aimed at discouraging the youth of America from drinking.
Alabama score three awards - Entertainer of the Year, Top Vocal Group and Album of the Year, for The Closer You Get - at the 19th annual Academy Of Country Music awards, telecast by NBC from Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, Orange County, California, USA.
The Cure, during their The Top tour, play at the Theatre de Verdure, Nice, France. In the hotel after the show, drummer Andy Anderson is arrested after a misunderstanding with security staff and the local mayor's daughter.
Bob Dylan plays at Olympia Stadion, Munich, West Germany. The tour is a double-header with Carlos Santana.
Ozzy Osbourne plays the second of two nights at Le Colisee, Rimouski, Quebec, Canada, supported by Motley Crue.
Bob Dylan plays at Stade De L'Ouest, Nice, France. The tour is a double-header with Carlos Santana.
Bob Dylan plays at San Siro Stadium, Milan, Italy, Europe. The tour is a double-header with Carlos Santana.
Nanci Griffith finishes recording her third album, Once In A Very Blue Moon, at Jack Clement's Cowboy Arms Hotel and Recording Spa, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Having just completed his fifth album, singer-songwriter Jimmie Spheeris dies aged 34 when his motorcycle collides with a van at 2 a.m. in the morning in Santa Monica, California, USA. The van driver, Bruce Burnside, will be charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and felony vehicular manslaughter.
The Replacements play at The Cubby Bear Lounge, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bob Dylan comes to the end of a European tour with a gig at Slane Castle, Slane Village, County Meath, Ireland. The tour is a double-header with Carlos Santana. Dylan is joined on stage by Bono of U2 and Van Morrison. Backstage, Bono interviews Dylan for the Irish music magazine Hot Press.
Status Quo play the final show of their End Of The Road tour to 35,000 fans at Milton Keynes Bowl, Milton Keynes, UK. Special guests for this show are Gary Glitter, Nazareth, Marillion and Jason And The Scorchers.
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Prince's movie Purple Rain has its world premiere at Graumann's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Guests at the screening include Little Richard, Eddie Murphy, Steven Spielberg and Lionel Richie.
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When Doves Cry becomes Prince's biggest UK hit single so far, peaking at No4.
The Monsters Of Rock Festival with AC/DC, Van Halen, Gary Moore, Y+T, Accept and Motley Crue plays at Donington Park, Castle Donington, Derbyshire, UK.
The Yardbirds begin a two-week promotional tour of the USA to boost the prospects of their single For Your Love.
The Monsters Of Rock Festival with AC/DC, Van Halen, Gary Moore, Y+T, Accept and Motley Crue plays at Schuetzenwiese, Winterthur, Switzerland, Europe.
Stevie Wonder reaches No1 in the UK pop singles chart for the first of six weeks with I Just Called To Say I Love You.
The Monterey Jazz Festival begins in California, USA, with acts including The Johnny Otis Revue and Lionel Hampton.
Paul McCartney enters the UK singles chart with No More Lonely Nights, which will peak at No2 during a fifteen-week run.
When Twisted Sister play in Midland, Texas, USA, the local police chief warns the band that the local sheriff wants to arrest them. He advises them not to use any bad language onstage because if they do, the police chief will be able to get them out of town safely.
On their Victory tour, The Jacksons, including Michael Jackson, play the first of two nights at the Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio.
On their Victory tour, The Jacksons, including Michael Jackson, play the second of two nights at the Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio.
Wells Kelly, best-known to rock music fans as the drummer in pop rock group Orleans, collapses and dies on the front step of a London, UK, apartment, apparently from asphyxiation. Kelly was on tour with Meatloaf and his death followed a night of partying with friends.
Black Roots play at The 100 Club, London, England, UK, Europe.
Wham! play at Queen’s Hall, Leeds, England, UK, Europe. While in Leeds, George Michael tells Smash Hits journalist Chris Heath that he feels trapped and frightened.
Purple Rain by Prince peaks at No2 in the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA.
Cassandra Monique Batie is born in Spokane, Washington, USA. She will find success as singer-songwriter Andra Day, after being discovered by Stevie Wonder.