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Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy dies in hospital in Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, from heart failure, pneumonia, and other conditions relating to years of drug abuse.
The surviving members of The Sex Pistols sue their former manager, Malcolm McLaren, for overdue royalties.
Elvis Presley is inducted posthumously into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, at the event's inaugural dinner in the Waldorf-Astoria, New York City, USA.
The album Highwayman by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson is certified as a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in the USA. The superstar quartet is also known as The Highwaymen.
Popular folk singer and recording art Burl Ives, now 76 years old, appears at Imagination Celebration Internationale, held at Santa Ana High School Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Kiss by Prince peaks at No6 in the UK Singles Chart.
In Wichita, Kansas, USA, Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica set off on the Ultimate Sin tour.
Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta is born in New York City, USA. She will find success as outrageous pop singer Lady Gaga.
Peter Gabriel begins filming an animated video for his next single, Sledgehammer, with director Stephen R. Johnson at Aardman Studios in Bristol, UK.
The film Absolute Beginners, featuring David Bowie and Patsy Kensit, opens in the UK.
The biographical drama movie Mask, starring Cher, at cinemas in The Philippines, Asia.
Van Halen reach No1 in the USA on the Billboard album chart with 5150.
Morrissey and Johnny Marr of The Smiths are listening to BBC Radio 1 at lunchtime when they are horrified by a news report about the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in Poland, Europe. Immediately after the news, the deejay plays I'm Your Man by Wham! This bizarre contrast inspires Morrissey and Marr to write the song Panic.
Morrissey and Johnny Marr of The Smiths are listening to BBC Radio 1 at lunchtime when they are horrified by a news report about the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in Poland, Europe. Immediately after the news, the deejay plays I'm Your Man by Wham! This bizarre contrast inspires Morrissey and Marr to write the song Panic.
It is announced that Cleveland, Ohio, USA, has been chosen as the city where the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame will be built.
In New York City, USA, Paul Simon signs a contract in which he undertakes to co-host the tv show Saturday Night Live (Show No465) for the sum of $2,500.
Johnny Paycheck is convicted of shooting a man during a misunderstanding in a bar in Hillsboro, Ohio, USA. The man is only grazed by the bullet, and Paycheck will be pardoned after 22 months in prison.
Poison release their debut LP, Look What The Cat Dragged In, on Enigma Records in the USA. It will be certified trieple-platinum in 1990.
Kate Smith dies is Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, aged 79. She was one of America's most popular singers and a major radio variety star, known as The Songbird Of The South. Crippled by diabetes and a weight problem, she spent her final years confined to a wheelchair.
It is announced that Jello Biafra, frontman of The Dead Kennedys, may be facing a year in prison, because outraged parents in Los Angeles, California, USA, plan to prosecute him for obscenity. The charges are based on the images of penises adorning the cover of the latest Dead Kennedys' album, Frankenchrist.
On the North American leg of the True Confessions tour, Bob Dylan plays at the Poplar Creek Music Theater, Hoffman Estates, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Mountains by Prince peaks at No23 in the Billboard US Top 40 Singles Chart.
Johnny Cash is honoured with the Shalom Peace Award from the Jewish National Fund at a testimonial dinner held in The Peabody Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee, USA.
When Bob Dylan plays the last of three sold-out nights at Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA, selling $1,206,000 worth of tickets, he is interviewed backstage by Mark Ellen of UK rock magazine Q.
Dylan's album Knocked Out Loaded enters the UK pop albums chart where it will peak at No35 during a five-week run.
On the True Confessions tour, Bob Dylan plays at Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, San Jose, California, USA, with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
The Superior Court of Los Angeles County dismisses the case brought against Ozzy Osbourne by the parents of 19-year old John McCollum, who had shot himself in the head with a .22 caliber handgun while listening to Osbourne's song Suicide Solution. The case will, however, go to appeal.
Dylan holds a press conference to promote the film Hearts Of Fire, at the National Film Theatre, London.
Paul Simon releases his seventh solo album, Graceland, on Warner Bros in the USA.
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Please by the Pet Shop Boys is certified as a platinum album in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Despite suffering badly with multiple substance abuse issues, Stevie Ray Vaughan plays at The Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe.
UB40 play the fifth of six nights at the 8,500 seat Lubileini Sports Arena, Leningrad, Russia.
UB40 play the last of six nights at the 8,500 seat Lubileini Sports Arena, Leningrad, Russia.
Iron Maiden play at The Empire, Liverpool, UK.
UB40 play the third of six nights at the 12,000 seat Luzhniki Arena, Moscow, Russia, Europe. On the same day, they visit Moscow's Bluebird Cafe and jam with local musicians.
UB40 play the fourth of six nights at the 12,000 seat Luzhniki Arena, Moscow, Russia, Europe.
Fats Domino, Little Anthony, Leslie Gore, The Drifters and Frankie Ford play the second of six nights at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Iron Maiden play the first of two nights at The Odeon, Birmingham, UK.
Iron Maiden play the second of two nights at The Odeon, Birmingham, UK.
Don't Give Up by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush enters the UK singles chart where it will peak at No9. The song was recorded at Gabriel's Real World Studios complex in Box, Wiltshire, UK.
Billy Joel plays at Rosemont Horizon, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Liza Minelli plays the fifth of eight days at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
How Green Is The Valley by The Men They Couldn't Hang enters the UK album chart where it will peak at No68 during a two-week run.
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Don't Give Up, by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush, peaks at No9 in the singles chart. The song was recorded in Real World Studios, Box, Wiltshire, UK.
Little Steven and producer Arthur Baker donate $327,000 in royalties from the Artists Against Apartheid song (Ain't Gonna Play) Sun City to the effort to end apartheid in South Africa.
Eye Of The Zombie by John Fogerty is awarded a gold album in the USA by the R.I.A.A.
Improvisational jazz combo The Recedents (featuring Lol Coxhill, Mike Cooper and Roger Turner) play at The Joiners Arms, Southampton, UK.
Lee Dorsey, who enjoyed hits in the 60s with Holy Cow, Workin' In The Coalmine and others, dies in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, of emphysema, aged 61.
The Stan Tracey Quartet plays at Gibbs, Cardiff, Wales.
Ratt play at The Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois, USA, supported by Cheap Trick.
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