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The NME (New Musical Express)'s annual chart points survey shows Frankie Goes To Hollywood dominating the 1984 charts with Relax and Two Tribes.
The Treatment play at The Scala Cinema, King's Cross, London, UK, during the All-Night Psychedelic Film Festival.
Having just won four awards at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, USA, Prince deliberately ignores an invitation to take part in the recording of the charity single We Are The World. Instead, he goes out on the town but when one of his bodyguards gets involved in a scuffle, the media has a field day comparing Prince's wild night out with the charitable activities of every other megastar in town, all of whom are taking part in the recording of We Are The World.
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On the second part of their Happy In Flares tour, Doctor And The Medics play at Kingston Polytechnic, Kingston-Upon-Thames, UK.
On the second part of their Happy In Flares tour, Doctor And The Medics play at The Riverside Club, Leatherhead, UK.
Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter play the second of three nights at The Music Hall, New York City, USA.
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.
Eric Clapton plays at The Playhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
Prince wins in the Best Group Rock Vocal Performance category for Purple Rain and R'n'B Song Of The Year for I Feel For You at the 27th annual Grammy Awards.
The USA Band plays a promotional show at Limelight, New York City, USA.
The Jonah Jones Orchestra and The Tommy Furtado Trio play at Jimmy Weston's, New York City, USA.
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.
The superstar charity single We Are The World by USA For Africa, which includes Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Ray Charles and Diana Ross among its vocalists, enters the Billboard Hot 100 at No23.
Phil Collins' third solo album, No Jacket Required, reaches No1 in the Billboard 200 Albums chart in the USA.
10,000 Maniacs begin recording their second album, The Wishing Chair, for Elektra Records, with producer Joe Boyd in London, UK.
Wiltshire anarcho-punk band The Subhumans spend the second of five days recording their third and last album, Worlds Apart, for Bluurg Records.
Wiltshire anarcho-punk band The Subhumans spend the fourth of five days recording their third and last album, Worlds Apart, for Bluurg Records.
Eric Clapton, supported by Graham Parker, plays at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Bill Cosby hosts the recording of a three hour NBC-tv concert Motown Returns To The Apollo, celebrating a $10.4m renovation of the legendary Harlem venue. Artists include Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Drifters, The Manhattans, The Commodores, The Cadillacs, Martha Reeves, Mary Wells, Patti LaBelle, Rod Stewart, George Michael, Boy George and Joe Cocker. The show will be transmitted on 19 May.
Recently-formed band The Bears, including virtuoso guitarist Adrian Belew, play at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Blues guitarist and singer Johnny Fuller dies in Oakland, California, USA.
The Washington Wives' music censorship pressure group Parents Music Resource Center [PMRC] petitions the music business to introduce a rating system to warn buyers about violent or sexually explicit lyrics. [censorship]
The biographical drama movie Mask, starring Cher, at cinemas in France, Europe.
Shortly after declaring his intention to retire from live performing, Prince makes a one-off appearance at the St. Paul Prom Center, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
As they are about to split up, Sisters of Mercy play a triumphant gig at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK.
Third and final day of this year's rain-blighted Glastonbury Festival features Echo and the Bunnymen, Joe Cocker, Hugh Masakela, James, Colourfield, Billy Bragg, Clannad, Microdisney, and The Men They Couldn’t Hang.
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Roberta Peters with The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, plays at Coney Island, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Dire Straits begin a ten-night stand at Wembley Arena, London.
A View To A Kill by Duran Duran reaches No.1 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA. This makes them the first artists to score a US No1 single with a James Bond theme.
Raspberry Beret by Prince peaks at No2 in the Billboard US Top 40 Singles Chart.
Bob Dylan releases the album Empire Burlesque in Japan on CBS/Sony Records.
At the invitation of poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Bob Dylan makes an unannounced appearance, singing Blowin' In The Wind, A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall and The Times They Are A-Changin', at the 12th World Festival of Youths and Students, at Lenin Stadium, Luzhniki Sports Complex, Moscow, Russia.
The albums Mountain Music and Feels So Right by Alabama are certified by the R.I.A.A. for shipments of 4m copies in the USA. This makes Alabama the first country act to have gone quadruple-platinum.
Starship (formerly Jefferson Starship and Jefferson Airplane) release their debut single, We Built This City, on Grunt Records in the USA.
The Temptations And The Four Tops play at Riverbend, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
The Smiths release a new single, The Boy With The Thorn In His Side/Asleep, in the UK on Rough Trade Records.
Frank Zappa, Dee Snider [Twisted Sister] and John Denver, testify before a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, to refute charges by the Parents Music Resource Center [PMRC] that some music is obscene and should be controlled by a rating system. [censorship]
1950s stars Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins are in American Sound Studio, Memphis, Tennessee, USA, completing work on a new album. Also participating in today's session are John Fogerty, Ricky Nelson, June Carter, The Judds, Dave Edmunds and others.
The Cult release a new single, Rain, in the UK, which will peak at No17.
Kate Bush releases the album Hounds Of Love in the UK.
Farm Aid activist Neil Young places a full-page ad in USA Today asking President Ronald Reagan, "Will the family farm in America die as a result of your administration?"
Sting plays the first of two nights at the Fox Theater, Atlanta, Georgia. On the same day, The Cure play at the Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium, Oakland, California.
Slave To The Rhythm by Grace Jones enters the UK Singles Chart where it will peak at No12 during an eight-week run on the chart.
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Following attacks by censorship pressure group The PMRC, the RIAA [Record Industry Association of America] agrees to put 'Parental Advisory' labels on selected music releases at their own discretion. The labels are generic, unlike the original idea of a descriptive label categorizing the explicit lyrics.
Bob Dylan releases Biograph, a five-album boxed set of archive recordings, out-takes and alternative versions, in the USA on Columbia Records.
The single Sun City by Artists United Against Apartheid enters the UK singles chart where it will peak at No21 during an eight week run. Largely the brainchild of Little Steven Van Zandt, the artists involved include U2, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Peter Gabriel, Jimmy Cliff, Lou Reed, Simple Minds, Keith Richards and Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones, Herbie Hancock and Gil Scott-Heron.
David Crosby fails to turn up to answer drugs and firearms charges at a hearing in Dallas, Texas, USA, and goes on the run from the law.
After a lengthy court battle, Dick James of music publishers DJM is ordered to pay £5m in unpaid royalties to Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The pair fail, however, to recover the copyrights on 169 of their songs.
Kiss play at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA.
In Reno, Nevada, USA, after listening to the Judas Priest album Stained Class, heavy metal fans Raymond Belknap and Jay Vance attempt suicide with a sawn-off shotgun. Belknap dies instantly. Vance survives but is horribly disfigured.
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