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UK Subs play at Porterhouse, Retford, Nottinghamshire, England, UK, Europe.
Paul McCartney features on tv show Night Flight in the USA.
Donna Summer appears in ABC-tv's 50th American Presidential Inaugural Gala.
Johnny Cash plays a gig in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada.
The Love And Pride tour of UK hitmakers King, plays at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Europe.
The Boys Of Summer by former Eagles member Don Henley peaks at No5 on the Billboard Top 40 singles chart in the USA.
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Irish band Ton Ton Macoute plays in the Purty Loft, Dun Laoghaire, Eire, Europe, despite the fact that young vocalist Sinead O'Connor had attended her mother’s funeral earlier in the day.
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At his neverland Ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley, California, Michael Jackson assists in the birth of a baby deer to his pair of pet deers Prince and Princess. As the baby is born on Valentine's Day, he names it Valentino.
Two weeks after having recorded On The Other Hand, Randy Travis signs a new recording contract with Warner Bros. in the USA.
The Smiths top the UK album chart for the first and last time with Meat Is Murder.
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Leonard Cohen plays the first of two nights at Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK, in support of his album Various Positions.
Leonard Cohen plays at The Apollo, Manchester, UK, in support of his album Various Positions.
Tears For Fears release their second album, Songs From The Big Chair, in the UK.
When The Smiths play at the Arts Centre, Poole, Dorset, UK, vegetarian vocalist Morrissey flees the stage after being hit in the face by a string of sausages thrown by a member of the audience.
Midge Ure of Band Aid (and Ultravox) travels to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, frica, with the first shipment of relief supplies funded by sales of Do They Know It's Christmas.
The Cult begin recording their breakthrough single, She Sells Sanctuary, at Olympic Sound Studios, Barnes, London, UK.
Successful record producer Bob Shad dies in Los Angeles, California, USA. In a long career he worked with Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan, Maynard Ferguson, Dizzy Gillespie, Big Brother And The Holding Company and others.
Eric Clapton plays at The Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden, Europe.
The Smiths play at Victoria Hall, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England, UK, Europe.
Alcatrazz release their second studio album, Disturbing The Peace, featuring Steve Vai on guitar.
Paul Simon begins two weeks of working in South Africa with local musicians, to create tracks for his forthcoming album Graceland.
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Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins is found, collapsed on the floor of his hotel room. He is diagnosed as 'exhausted' and ordered to take a break from work.
After this final show of the Purple Rain tour, at the Orange Bowl, Florida, USA, Prince confirms that he is retiring from live performances.
Blues and rock'n'roll guitarist Rockin' Dave Allen dies aged 43 of pneumonia in Houston, Texas, USA.
Recently-formed band The Bears, including virtuoso guitarist Adrian Belew, play at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Thompson Twins begin a world tour with three nights at Wembley Arena, London.
Prince releases a new single, Paisley Park, in the UK.
The Smiths fly to America to begin a short tour, accompanied by Billy Bragg.
The definitive line-up of Guns N'Roses plays together for the first time, in The Troubadour, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits reaches No1 on the Billboard albums chart in the USA for the first of nine weeks.
Guitar innovator Wout Steenhuis dies.
During the Nice Jazz Festival, B.B.King, Joe Williams And The Count Basie Orchestra, Panama Francis and The Savoy Sultans perform for the second of two nights in La Grand Parade Du Jazz, Cimiez, Nice, France, Europe.
Alabama play at Riverbend, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
A report in the South China Morning Post states that popular Hong Kong singer Connie Mak has been advised to cancel her upcoming concert in Peking, China, Asia, because of fears of crowd violence. In May 1985, Hong Kong defeated China 2-1 in a world cup qualifying football match and there are fears of anti-Hong Kong sentiments. Country star John Denver, who had been in Peking recently, confirms that China's Central Television was concerned about crowd control at an open-air concert he had been planning.
Bob Dylan releases the album Empire Burlesque in Japan on CBS/Sony Records.
While trying to organise his Farm Aid Concert, Willie Nelson meets with Illinois governor James R Thompson (a golfing buddy) who offers him the University of Illinois’ football stadium as a venue for the event.
The biographical drama movie Mask, starring Cher, at cinemas in Ireland, Europe.
The one-off duo of Mick Jagger and David Bowie reaches No1 in the UK with a cover of Dancing In the Street.
10,000 Maniacs release their second album, The Wishing Chair, on Elektra Records, in the USA.
Kate Bush releases the album Hounds Of Love in the UK.
Norwegian pop trio A-Ha are in their room at the John Howard hotel, London, when they learn that their single Take On Me has reached No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 Singles chart. They head out on the town and treat themselves to a champagne dinner at Joe Allen's restaurant in Covent Garden, only to have their American Express cards refused at the end of the night.
Bono of U2 records a track, Silver And Gold, for the anti-apartheid Sun City album with Keith Richards and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones on guitars, at Right Track Studio, New York City, USA.
Sting plays at the U.N.O. Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
The Cure play at the Palace Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
Starship reach No1 in the Billboard US Top 40 singles chart with We Built This City.
Starship reach No1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with We Built This City.
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Stan Tracey's Hexad play at Ronnie Scott’s Club, London, England, UK, Europe. The performance is recorded and will be released as the LP Stan Tracy's Hexad Live At Ronnie Scott’s.
The band playing at The Village Hall, Dunsfold, Surrey, UK, tonight features Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood, Albert Lee and Procol Harum's Gary Brooker.
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