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On his his 97-date Purple Rain tour, Prince plays the fourth of five nights at The Omni, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
I Would Die 4 U by Prince peaks at No8 in the Billboard US Top 40 Singles chart.
On the second part of their Happy In Flares tour, Doctor And The Medics play at Warwick University, Warwick, UK.
Newly-formed band The Bears, including virtuoso guitarist Adrian Belew, begin an eighteen-date tour with a show at Bogart's, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Two weeks after having recorded On The Other Hand, Randy Travis signs a new recording contract with Warner Bros. in the USA.
Loretta Holloway plays at The Golden Nugget, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, as support to standup Alan King.
Leonard Cohen plays at The Apollo, Manchester, UK, in support of his album Various Positions.
The Rovers play at Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, New York State, USA, where they earn a gross of $29,290 SRO.
No Jacket Required by Phil Collins enters the UK albums chart at at No1, and proceeds to notch up a 170 week residency.
Variety magazine reports that Frank Sinatra has filed a $22m lawsuit in the Superior Court, Indio, California, USA, against the National Enquirer because of an article which claimed the singer had been to a health clinic in Switzerland, Europe, for injections of a youth serum made from sheep cells.
The USA Band plays a promotional show at Limelight, New York City, USA.
The biographical drama movie Mask, starring Cher, opens at selected cinemas in the USA. It is said that Cher and director Peter Bogdanovich clashed during the making of the film.
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The double A-side single Take Me With You/Let's Go Crazy by Prince peaks at No7 in the UK Singles Chart.
Purple Rain by Prince peaks at No7 in the UK albums chart. It will go on to become one of the decade's best-selling albums.
The superstar charity single We Are The World by USA For Africa, which includes Bob Dylan among its vocalists, enters the Billboard Hot 100 at No23.
Eric Clapton, supported by Graham Parker, plays at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Supertramp, led by Swindon-born Rick Davies, enter the UK album charts with their eighth studio album, Brother Where You Bound?, which will peak at No20.
Jazz guitarist Skeeter Best dies aged 70 in Jacobi Hospital, The Bronx, New York City, USA, after a long illness. In an acclaimed career, Best had worked with Earl Hines, Ray Charles, Milt Jackson and many others.
Tears For Fears reach No1 on the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA with Everybody Wants To Rule The World. They will hold the top slot for two weeks.
Liza Minelli plays at Riverbend, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Queen spend the second of three days rehearsing for Live Aid at The Shaw Theater, King’s Cross, London, England, UK.
During the Nice Jazz Festival, B.B.King, Joe Williams And The Count Basie Orchestra, Panama Francis and The Savoy Sultans perform for the first of two nights in La Grand Parade Du Jazz, Cimiez, Nice, France, Europe.
During the Nice Jazz Festival, The Johnny Otis Show with guest vocalist Bullmoose Jackson, perform in La Grand Parade Du Jazz, Cimiez, Nice, France, Europe.
Power Station play at the U.N.O. Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
The Fall play at The WOMAD Festival, Mersea Island, Essex, UK.
Bob Dylan releases the album Empire Burlesque in Japan on CBS/Sony Records.
1999 by Prince is certified by the R.I.A.A. as having sold 3m copies in the USA.
When tickets go on sale for the upcoming next leg of Bruce Springsteen's Born In The USA tour the public response causes the telephone exchanges in Washington, Baltimore and Richmond, Virginia, to become jammed. Two million calls are logged between 10.00 and 11,30am, compared with 850,000 on the previous Monday. All 52,600 tickets for the Springsteen concert in Washington DC, USA, sell out in 90 minutes.
Tina Turner plays at The Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
The biographical drama movie Mask, starring Cher, at cinemas in Finland, Europe.
Raspberry Beret by Prince peaks at No25 in the UK Singles Chart.
Bob Dylan shoots a video for Emotionally Yours, with actress Jill Hollier, in Los Angeles, California.
Jazz and blues pianist and vocalist Little Brother Montgomery dies aged 79 in Champaign, Illinois, USA.
The Cure's UK tour arrives at Wembley Arena, London.
The biographical drama movie Mask, starring Cher, at cinemas in Denmark, Europe.
Pop Life by Prince peaks at No7 in the Billboard Top 40 Singles Chart in the USA.
Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Cougar Mellencamp, Lou Reed, Billy Joel, Foreigner, Joni Mitchell, Ry Cooder and others perform at the fund-raising Farm Aid concert in Champaign, Illinois, USA. They raise $10m for America’s hard-pressed dustbowl farmers.
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Prince releases a new single, America, in the USA.
Peter Gene Hernandez is born in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. He will find fame as Bruno Mars of songwriting and production trio The Smeezingtons, responsible for hits by Sugababes, Travie McCoy, B.o.B, Justin Bieber, Brandy, K'naan, Flo Rida, Kid Cudi and Cee Lo Green among others.
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.
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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Sting plays at the Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas, USA.
America by Prince peaks at No46 in the Billboard US Top 40 Singles Chart.
Twisted Sister release their fourth studio album, Come Out And Play, in the USA.
A Good Heart by Feargal Sharkey reaches No1 in the UK Singles Chart.
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Bob Dylan begins several days of recording material for the album Knocked Out, Loaded, with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics at Church Studios in Crouch End, London, England, UK, Europe.
INXS play at The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Recently-formed band The Bears, including virtuoso guitarist Adrian Belew, come to the end of their first-ever tour with a show at Bogart's, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Iron Maiden are awarded a gold disc for the album Live After Death by the R.I.A.A. in the USA.
Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy is in East Knoyle Clinic near Salisbury, undergoing treatment for drug-related problems.
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