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UK Subs play at Porterhouse, Retford, Nottinghamshire, England, UK, Europe.
appears in ABC-tv's 50th American Presidential Inaugural Gala.
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.
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.
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.
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.
play at Victoria Hall, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England, UK, Europe.
begins two weeks of working in South Africa with local musicians, to create tracks for his forthcoming album Graceland.
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
, play at The Vic Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Thompson Twins begin a world tour with three nights at Wembley Arena
Prince releases a new single, Paisley Park, in the UK.
Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits
reaches No1 on the Billboard
albums chart in the USA for the first of nine weeks.
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.
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.
Norwegian pop trio A-Ha
are in their room at the John Howard hotel, London, when
they learn that their single Take On Me
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.
play at the Palace Theatre, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
Starship reach No1 in the Billboard
Top 40 Singles chart in the USA with We Built This City.
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.