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Bandleader Teddy Foster dies aged 75, following a heart attack, in London, England, UK, Europe.
The Pretenders start a British tour at The Gaumont, Ipswich, England, UK, Europe.
David Bowie's movie of The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars begins a run at The Lumiere Cinema, London, England, UK, Europe.
Madonna makes her first appearance on US tv show American Bandstand, miming to her first hit single, Holiday.
Paul McCartney reaches No1 in the UK singles chart with Pipes Of Peace.
The Pretenders play their third night at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe, supported by The Climb.
Peter Asher, now manager of Linda Ronstadt but formerly half of Peter And Gordon, becomes the father of a girl, Victoria, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Yes reach No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with Owner Of A Lonely Heart.
Trouble Funk play at The Roxy, New York City, USA.
Rockwell releases the album Somebody's Watching Me, on Motown Records in the USA. Michael Jackson is featured singing on the title track.
Duran Duran begin a North American tour, sponsored by Coca Cola, in Calgary, British Columbia, Canada.
The Police play the first of two nights at Palaeur, Rome, Italy, Europe.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at Madison Square Gardens, New York City, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
When The Smiths play at the University of Warwick, Coventry, England, UK, Europe, their personal assistant Ollie May quits. That evening, the set is cut short because vocalist Morrissey is falling ill.
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Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Coliseum, Richfield, Ohio, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
UK gender-bending pop vocalist Marilyn enters the UK singles chart for the second time. The track, Cry And Be Free, will peak at No31.
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Hawkwind, supported by Bronz, play at The Empire, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Hawkwind, supported by Bronz, play at The City Hall, Newcastle, England, UK, Europe.
Whitesnake play the first of two nights at Queens Hall, Leeds, England, UK, Europe.
When The Smiths' UK tour plays at the University of Leeds, Leeds, England, UK, Europe, road manager Phil Cowie has to rescue a fan from being beaten by bouncers during the first song, Hand In Glove.
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Liverpool, UK, bestows the honour of a Freedom of the City award on its most famous sons, The Beatles. Some months later, the band's guitarist, George Harrison, will reveal that he has declined the honour.
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.
A motion congratulating Boy George on winning a Grammy Award is placed before the UK Parliament.
The Smiths' British tour ends at The Town Hall, Birmingham, England, UK, Europe.
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Bob Dylan appears on the tv show Late Night With David Letterman, in the NBC Studios, Rockefeller Centre, New York City, USA. Liberace appears in the same show.
Bruce Springsteen joins the band Cats on stage at the Stone Pony, Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA, to play two songs with them.
Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac files for bankruptcy in California, USA, citing debts of $3.7m against assets of $2.4m.
The Cure release a new single, The Caterpillar, in the UK, where it will peak at No14.
Queen release a new single, I Want To Break Free, in the UK.
Status Quo begin their End Of The Road tour with the first of two shows at RDS, Dublin, Eire, Europe.
On their End Of The Road tour, Status Quo play the second of two shows at RDS, Dublin, Eire, Europe.
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.
Blues harmonica player and singer Moses 'Whispering' Smith dies aged 52 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
Ozzy Osbourne plays at The Mid South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, supported by Motley Crue.
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) play at The Empire, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Nanci Griffith begins recording her third album, Once In A Very Blue Moon, at Jack Clement's Cowboy Arms Hotel and Recording Spa, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
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On their End Of The Road tour Status Quo play the last of seven nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, England, UK, Europe.
The film soundtrack album, Purple Rain, produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince And the Revolution, begins a 24-week run atop the Billboard chart in the USA. It will eventually sell over thirteen million copies.
The Monsters Of Rock Festival with AC/DC, Van Halen, Gary Moore, Y+T, Accept and Motley Crue plays at Wildparkstadion, Karlsruhe, Germany, Europe.
The Monsters Of Rock Festival with AC/DC, Van Halen, Gary Moore, Y+T, Accept and Motley Crue plays at Nettuno Stadio, Rome, Italy, Europe.
The Queen movie, We Will Rock You, is released in the UK.
The Monterey Jazz Festival begins in California, USA, with acts including The Johnny Otis Revue and Lionel Hampton.
The Jacksons, including Michael Jackson, play the second of two nights at the Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The combined audience for the two nights is 116,500.
Selling his record collection to raise $12 for a ticket, Kurt Cobain [later to form Nirvana] goes with Buzz Osborne and Matt Lukin of The Melvins to see Black Flag at The Mountaineer Club, Seattle, Washington, USA.
Paul McCartney meets winners of a Meet Paul McCartney competition in the Plaza Hotel, New York City, then flies to Chicago, Illinois, for further promotional work on his single No More Lonely Nights.
On their Victory tour, The Jacksons, including Michael Jackson, play the first of two nights at the Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio.
On their The Top tour, The Cure play at The Bismarck Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Thomas Mapfumo and Blacks Unlimited play at The 100 Club, Oxford Street, London, England, UK, Europe.
Bruce Springsteen's latest single, Born In The USA, enters the Billboard Top 40 in the USA, where it will peak at No9.
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